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Beetle Bank Tussocky Grass Margin

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ELS/HLS/CSS Codes: EJ5, EJ9, EE7, EE8, EC24, EE1, EE2, EE3, EE9

Strips sown across large arable fields are known as ‘beetle banks’. They can also be sown along field boundaries. This mixture provides a dense, tussocky sward which gets thicker as the years go by. They may be cut two or three times in the first year for annual weed control but, once established, are cut only to prevent the encroachment of woody and suckering weeds. Sow between March and early May or August to September at a depth of no more than 1cm. Minimum sowing rate of 25 kg per hectare.

Persistence (0-10 Years)
               
Grazing Suitability (1-5)
     
Cutting Suitability (1-5)
     

Contents per Kg%kg
certified timothy30.00.300
certified smooth stalked meadow grass10.00.100
certified cocksfoot30.00.300
certifed red/chewings fescue20.00.200
certified cocksfoot10.00.100
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£6.80 / Kg

Sowing rate: 10.0kg/acre (25.0kg/ha)

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