General Purpose

Ryegrass hard-wearing grass seed mixture

  • Hardwearing general-purpose mixture designed to withstand the pressures of equestrian use and provide good quality grazing for horses.

 

 

    Hardwearing general-purpose mixture designed to withstand the pressures of equestrian use and provide good quality grazing for horses.

     

    • Grass varieties used have been specifically selected for roughage and low fructan content
    • Produces a good, spring, dense turf
    • The low fructan concentration reduces the risk of laminitis
    • Strong grass plant rooting system, making the sward dense, hard-wearing and persistent
    • Paddock will deliver grazing and forage production
    • Yields good levels of effective roughage, ideal for a fit and healthy equine gut

     

    Sowing Advice 

    • Checking fertility status - especially the pH (soil pH needs to be 6-6.5 for grass)
    • Check for, and correct any soil compaction 
    • Sow into a fine, firm seedbed with adequate moisture levels
    • Seed bed fertiliser can be beneficial - low Nitrogen, apply good rates of potash and phosphate (depending on soil fertility) to aid establishment 

     

    When to sow 

    • Grass seed can be sown at anytime from April to September, ideally when the soil is moist or when rain is forecast and the weather is frost free. If possible keep the horses off as long as possible to enable establishment.

     

    Re-seeding
    Sow at a rate of at least 15kg per acre into a fine tilth seed bed covered by lightly harrowing and then roll to produce a firm seed bed. 

     

    Patching

    • Loosen soil on bare patches by raking or grass harrows 
    • Scatter grass seed at the rate of 10kg per acre if using a spreader or at a rate of 10 grams (2 tablespoons) per square metre by hand 
    • Cover seed by lightly raking or harrowing and then firm by rolling or walking over
    Composition
    Species
    70%
    Perennial ryegrass
    16%
    Strong creeping red fescue
    8%
    Meadow fescue
    6%
    Timothy
    Specifications
    Sows
    Up to 0.7acre
    Repairs
    1 acre
    Pack size
    10kg
    Grass seed for horses

    Correctly managing your paddocks can make a big difference to the amount of grazing available for your horses and help it to withstand the pressure of horses.

     

    Horse’s paddocks often have to provide diet for 365 days a year, provide an area for resting and playing, and often an area for exercise.