Re-seeding and Over-seeding

6. Re-seeding and overseeding photoNature hates bare ground and if left unchecked will quickly populate it with weeds. A good grass sward is an effective barrier to weeds but even in well managed grassland, bare patches will still appear. 

Re-seeding: Starting from scratch and sowing a new grass “ley” should be considered an opportunity. It is a false economy to cut corners, as a well sown ley with the most appropriate grass seed mix will pay dividends in the long run.

There have been huge improvements in grass species in recent years, with greater disease resistance; quality; yield (where appropriate); and tolerance to adverse conditions.

We will advise on the best grass seed mix to suit your specific needs, depending on whether it is for grazing ( and if so, for what animals), hay, haylage, or amenity and aesthetic purposes.

Over-seeding: In many cases a complete re-seed, with all that that involves is not always necessary. This is where over-seeding comes in. Here we introduce suitable grass species into the existing sward, whether it is a hard-wearing native species, more productive grasses for hay and haylege or traditional pasture mixtures that are required.

For best results, this procedure should be carried out in spring and autumn.

The advantages are:

We use a broadcast seeder and grassland harrow at the same time; two jobs done together is cost effective, and minimises compaction

  • Our precision calibrated machines use exactly the right amount of seed so there is no waste and cost is minimised
  • Repairs damage to land caused by livestock,
  • Affordable and effective in establishing grass on bare patches or on whole fields

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