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Grass Seeds

Our extensive range of organic and conventional grass seed covers agricultural and amenity markets. We pride ourselves on producing superior grass seed and work with world-leading plant breeders to deliver unrivalled innovation and quality.

Backed by our team’s wide-ranging expertise, our agricultural grass seed range includes varieties suitable for hay, silage and grazing. We produce bespoke environmental stewardship mixtures which are eligible for Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) and Higher Level Stewardship (HLS).

We also supply amenity and sports turf grass seed mixes for various applications including the equestrian sector and use on golf courses and sports stadia.

Mixtures

Conventional Grass Seed Mixtures Spring 2019

Vetch Express

3.0 kg SHAKIRA, Diploid Italian Ryegrass
6.0 kg CAZZANO, Tetraploid Italian Ryegrass
2.0 kg HARMONIE, Red Clover
1.0 kg CONTEA, Crimson Clover
8.0 kg Vetch
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20.0 kilos per acre

A 1 year mixture designed to produce large amounts of forage in a relatively short space of time. Although formulated to provide one big cut, there will be some regrowth from this mixture for a second smaller cut or aftermath grazing and with the high legume content (vetch, crimson and red clover) this mixture will also act as an excellent soil improver, releasing large amounts of nitrogen into the soil when ploughed in

Short Term Express (1 Year)

7.0 kg POLLANUM, Westerwolds Ryegrass
7.0 kg DANERGO, Tetraploid Italian Ryegrass
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14.0 kilos per acre

This mixture is formulated to produce a large crop of hay or silage in a relatively short space of time (around 12 weeks from sowing). It will respond well to nitrogen and can be aftermath grazed if required.

Short Term (1-2 Years)

4.0 kg SHAKIRA, Diploid Italian Ryegrass
4.0 kg CAZZANO, Tetraploid Italian Ryegrass
4.0 kg DANERGO, Tetraploid Italian Ryegrass
2.0 kg ASTON CRUSADER, Tetraploid Hybrid Ryegrass
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14.0 kilos per acre

Like the 1 year ley, this mixture is designed to produce large cuts of good quality hay or silage. It’s speed of growth will be slightly slower than the “Short Term Express” but is formulated to last 2 years rather than just 1 year. Again, it will respond well to nitrogen so is ideal for high input regimes.

Red Clover Short Term (1-2 Years)

4.0 kg SHAKIRA, Diploid Italian Ryegrass
3.0 kg CAZZANO, Tetraploid Italian Ryegrass
2.5 kg DANERGO, Tetraploid Italian Ryegrass
1.5 kg SUEZ, Red Clover
1.5 KG HARMONIE, Red Clover
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12.5 kilos per acre

A short term ley low input ley mixture that will be excellent for high quality silage or hay production as well as lamb fattening. This ley will leave good quantities of nitrogen for any following crop.

Medium Term (3-4 Years)

5.0 kg ASTON CRUSADER, Tetraploid Hybrid Ryegrass
4.0 kg SOLID, Tetraploid Hybrid Ryegrass
2.0 kg BOYNE, Diploid intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
2.0 kg TODDINGTON, Diploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
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14.0 kilos per acre

With a good balance of Hybrid and Perennial Ryegrass, this mixture will provide produce high quality forage whether cut or grazed. If grazed, the sward will be fully productive for around 3 years but if cut, it should last well into a 4th year. Will respond well to bagged nitrogen applications.

White Clover Medium Term (3-4 Years)

4.5 kg ASTON CRUSADER, Tetraploid Hybrid Ryegrass
3.5 kg NIFTY, Diploid Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
2.5 kg GLENSTAL, Tetraploid Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
2.0 kg TODDINGTON, Diploid Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
0.6 kg BARBLANCA, Large Leafed White Clover
0.6 kg CRUSADER, Medium Leafed White Clover
0.3 kg IONA, Medium Leafed White Clover
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14.0 kilos per acre

Formulated for lower input situations, this mixture includes white clover which will not only fix quantities of atmospheric Nitrogen for the grass but will also add protein and trace elements to the animal’s diet. It is suitable for both cutting and grazing.

Red Clover Medium Term (3-4 Years)

4.0 kg SOLID, Tetraploid Hybrid Ryegrass
3.5 kg ASTON CRUSADER, Tetraploid Hybrid Ryegrass
2.5 kg NIFTY, Diploid Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
1.5 kg SUEZ, Red Clover
1.5 kg HARMONIE, Red Clover
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13.0 kilos per acre

Red Clover is becoming a popular option in medium term leys, giving annual yields significantly higher than white clover. The clover rich sward that this mixture will produce is suited not only to producing high quality hay or silage, but also excellent, highly palatable grazing, ideal for cattle grazing and lamb fattening (although not breeding ewes due to the high oestrogen levels in the Red Clover). The Red Clover may need “topping up” especially if the ley is going to be used into a 4th year.

Long Term (5-7 Years)

2.0 kg SOLID, Tetraploid Hybrid Ryegrass
3.0 kg NIFTY, Diploid Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
3.5 kg GLENSTAL, Tetraploid Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
3.0 kg TODDINGTON, Diploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
2.5 kg TWYMAX. Tetraploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
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14.0 kilos per acre

A well balanced long term ley mixture that is equally suited to cutting or grazing. Suitable for farms where large quantities of bagged nitrogen are applied, this mixture will respond well to applied fertiliser.

White Clover Long Term (5-7 Years)

2.0 kg SOLID, Tetraploid Hybrid Ryegrass
2.5 kg NIFTY, Diploid Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
2.5 kg GLENSTAL, Tetraploid Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
3.0 kg TODDINGTON, Diploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
2.5 kg TWYMAX, Tetraploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
0.4 kg BARBLANCA, Large Leafed White Clover
0.6 kg CRUSADER, Medium Leafed White Clover
0.5 kg RIVENDEL, Medium Small Leafed White Clover
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14.0 kilos per acre

The same well balanced mixture as the “Long Term” but with white clover included. This will make the mixture suitable for lower input situations where little or no bagged fertilizer is used. The combination of various leaf sizes of white clover makes the mixture flexible in that it can be cut, grazed by cattle or grazed by sheep.

Intensive Grazer

3.5 kg CAVENDISH, Diploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
3.0 kg ROMARK, Diploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
2.5 kg CANCAN, Diploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
2.5 kg TODDINGTON, Diploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
2.5 kg TWYMAX, Tetraploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
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14.0 kilos per acre

Using only prostrate, late heading varieties of Perennial Ryegrass, this mixture will produce a dense palatable and digestible sward especially suited to Intensive grazing. The excellent winter hardiness and persistence of the ley will mean that the ley will be productive for a good few years.

White Clover Intensive Grazer

3.0 kg CAVENDISH, Diploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
2.0 kg ROMARK, Diploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
2.5 kg CANCAN, Diploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
2.5 kg TODDINGTON, Diploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
2.5 kg TWYMAX, Tetraploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
0.3 kg CRUSADER, Large Leafed White Clover
0.6 kg IONA, Medium Leafed White Clover
0.6 kg RIVENDEL, Medium Small Leafed White Clover
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14.0 kilos per acre

The “Intensive Grazer” mixture including a balanced formulation of persistent white clover varieties highly suited to grazing.

Short Term Overseeder

6.0 kg TEANNA, Tetraploid Italian Ryegrass
4.0 kg ASTON CRUSADER, Tetraploid Hybrid Ryegrass
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10.0 kilos per acre

Ideal for overseeding either damaged pastures or ones that are showing signs of wear, this mixture can be direct drilled into the existing sward or can be broadcast and will help to extend the ley for a further 2-3 years. If broadcast, for best results, the sward should have just been cut or grazed. A passing of a chain harrow will open up the sward and then after broadcasting the seed, a roller (preferably a ring roller) should be used which not only presses the seed into the soil but also re-firms up the surface creating a better environment for the seed to germinate into.

Long Term Overseeder

4.5 kg SOLID, Tetraploid Hybrid Ryegrass
3.0 kg GLENSTAL, Tetraploid Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
2.5 kg TWYMAX, Tetraploid lATE Perennial Ryegrass
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10.0 kilos per acre

This overseeding mixture is designed to improve a ley which is due to be down for a further 4-5 years.

Horse & Pony Paddock

4.75 kg Diploid Early Perennial Ryegrass
1.50 kg Diploid Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
4.00 kg Diploid Late Perennial Ryegrass
1.00 kg Timothy
2.25 kg Strong Creeping Red Fescue
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13.5 kilos per acre

This mixture will produce a hard wearing, resilient sward which will be highly suited to grazing horses. This mixture can also be cut for hay if required. The Creeping Red Fescue and Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass will fill out the bottom of the sward helping to give good ground cover whilst Timothy is included for it’s palatability and hay making qualities.

Lawn Grass Mixtures

Finelawn

A Non-Ryegrass mixture that can be cut down to 10mm and will produce a fine, good looking turf, ideal for front lawns. This is mixture is relatively low maintenance but whilst it will stand a certain amount of foot traffic over it, will not be as wear tolerant as a mixture containing ryegrass.

Suggested sowing rate – 50 grams per m2

Low Maintenance

A mixture which as the name suggests is deal for areas that are in areas that are either difficult to access with a mower or Parkland areas where it is not economical to cut regularly. This mixture has no ryegrass in the formulation but instead uses slower growing fescues, bents and Smooth stalked meadow grass.

Suggested sowing rate – 30 grams per m2

Hardwear

Hardwear is designed for back lawns and areas that need to withstand a lot of foot traffic. Quick to establish and hard wearing this mixture includes fine leafed ryegrass varieties specially bred for amenity use and therefore will still produce an attractive turf that is child and pet friendly.

Suggested sowing rate – 35 grams per m2

Shady

Containing species of grass that will grow at lower light levels, this mixture is ideal for sowing under trees or around building in areas that are in shade for most of the day. The grasses used also tend to be relatively drought tolerant too so is suitable for light or dry soils. This mixture can be cut down to around 15mm but will not tolerate as frequent mowing as other lawn grass mixtures

Suggested seeding rate – 35 grams per m2

Other

Cope Seeds able to supply a full range of amenity grass mixtures for professional use in areas such as:

  • Bowling Greens
  • Golf Courses
  • Winter Sports Pitches
  • Cricket Grounds
  • Public Spaces
  • Wild Flower or environmentally sensitive areas