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Orchard Grass is also known as cocksfoot grass. Its scientific name is Dactylis glomerata. It belongs to the family of Poaceae. It is a perennial forage grass, pasture and hay. It is indigenous to North Africa and Eurasia. It is broadly cultivated all around the world. It is naturalized in numerous places and is regarded as an invasive species in certain areas outside its indigenous range. It propagates in clumps or dense clusters. It is almost 0.6 to 1 meter in height. Its leaf blades are flat that reach up to 20 inches (50 cm) in length.
The flowers are wind-pollinated and are born in irregular open stiff panicles with many branches. They appear as flower clusters. However, the pollen causes hay fever in specific individuals. This Grass adapts well to well-drained soil. It especially adapts well to the mixtures of legumes such as red clover or alfalfa.
It can persist longer than other cool-season grasses, is incredibly inaccurately managed, and frequently cuts alfalfa mixtures. It is a versatile grass that can easily be used for silage, green chop, hay, or pasture. It is one of the high-quality Grass that is a source of excellent feed for numerous classes of livestock.
It is quickly established in late summer or early spring. However, seedings in the late summer have been successful in Pennsylvania. The risk of winter injury is enhanced if summer seedings are made, especially after mid-August. When seeding is combined with legumes, the seeding rate of this Grass should decrease. Due to differences in palatability and maturity, it should not be seeded with other grasses.
It is high-quality Grass and can be grazed by most classes of livestock. Rotational grazing is usually preferred for best quality, persistence, and production. Fields frequently need feeding every 10 to 12 days in the spring flush growth season.
However, it would help if you avoided overgrazing. I am leaving 3-to 4-inch stubble to aid the Grass in recovering quickly. Heavy grazing in October leads to increased winter injury and depleted root reserves.
You should maintain the soil pH of the Grass between 6.0 and 7.0 for best results. If the soil test is not performed, the assumption of a medium-fertility soil and it is being seeded alone, incorporating 0-45-135 lb per acre before seeding, and applying 20-20-20 lb per acre while seeding is good.
Based on soil-test outcomes, top dressings with potassium, phosphorus, and lime will be essential for maximum production and long stand life. If soil fertility is less, a considerable proportion of the overall yield of this Grass happens during spring. If split applications of nitrogen and proper fertility, aftermath production results in 35 to 65 percent of overall production.
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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.