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Grass Cover Crops

An economic way to build soil, annual ryegrass is a quick growing, non-spreading grass which performs well in almost every soil type and situation. Grasses are also ideal for overseeding into high value crops to help reduce soil splash, decrease disease spread and improve the quality of forage. Grass also works well as a nutrient catch crop by efficiently captures and stores nitrogen. We welcome enquiries for bespoke mixtures and have expert staff on hand to offer advice. Feel free to call 01205 280069 or email info@bostonseeds.co.uk 


For more information on cover crops and the EnviroSeeds range view our brochure.

Cocksfoot Seed (Dactylis glomerata)

Cocksfoot is a perennial grass which forms large tufts if it is left to grow tall. Often used for undersowing into winter wheat.

  • Used as an under-sown species at very low seed rates into winter wheat
  • It acts as an excellent soil improver on soils prone to summer drought
  • Long lasting, often included in permanent pastures or meadow mixtures
  • Deep root development improves soil structure and composition
  • Sowing rate: 12kg / ha

Italian Ryegrass Seed (Lolium multiflorum)

Italian ryegrass is quick to establish and produces high yields. Ideal short term mixture for anaerobic digestion.

  • An erect biennial/short lived perennial form best suited to short term leys
  • Rapid establishment, higher yielding than perennial ryegrass
  • Excellent for a green manure crop or for 'mopping up' excess nitrogen
  • Often sown after potatoes and maize in the autumn
  • Sowing rate: 35kg / ha

Westerwolds Ryegrass Seed (Lolium multiflorum)

Westerwolds is an annual form of ryegrass which is noted for its ability to produce a high volume of biomass in a short period of time. 

  • Fast growing, short term crop. Frequently sown following maize
  • Excellent for 'mopping up' excess nitrogen in the soil
  • Suitable for silage, hay production and grazing
  • Can be sown from spring through to autumn
  • Sowing rate: 35kg / ha

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