When to Plant Orchard Grass?

Save

Orchard grass is a cool season grass which is typically found in pastures. Cool season grasses germinate very early and produce well in May and early June. Orchard grass is commonly cultivated as forage such as hay or silage or used as grazing grass. Because orchard grass is dormant during the summer months, and is at its peak in late spring, planting orchard grass is often done in late summer or sometimes early fall.

Seeds

  • Orchard grass is grown from seeds and produces fuller crops when grown on rich soils. With a well-prepared seed bed, however, orchard grass may flourish in poor soils or shady areas. Orchard grass responds well to nitrogen, which can be added after the spring thaw. Orchard grass is often planted in tandum with field brome grass, as the two will not dominate each other and will produce a thicker crop.

Planting

  • Ideally, orchard grass should be planted in August or September. You may wait until October or November is you live in warmer climates. Soil should be tilled before planting and be moderate to well-drained. Seed should be planted 10 to 20 pounds per acre. Planting depth is 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • Sugar Content in Timothy Hay and Orchard Grass Hay

    Hay provides nutrients and fiber in a horse’s and other foragers’ diets and is especially important for grazing animals with minimal pastureland...

  • How to Grow Orchard Grass Hay

    Both fresh and hay orchard grass is used for feeding livestock. Many farmers are switching over from fescue and alfalfa grasses to...

  • The Types of Orchards

    The United States Geological Survey defines an orchard as any non-natural wooded area where trees are planted for the production of fruits,...

  • When to Plant Clover Seeds

    Clover (Trifolium spp.) is called nitrogen fixing because it hosts bacteria nodules in its roots that yield nitrogen that nearby plants can...

  • The Best Grasses for Horses

    The preferred method for feeding horses through the growing season is to allow them to graze on a grass pasture. The best...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Make a Vertical Clay Pot Garden

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!