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When should I seed a Horse Paddock

Posted on March 22, 2019

If you are asking the question when should i seed a Horse Paddock. Then the following sets out some simple guidelines.

We answer this question in 2 main ways.

What is the right time for you to plant Horse Paddock grass seeds.

In terms of the issues that you may need to consider when looking to seed a horse paddock.

  • All grass Leys break down over time so at some point you need to improve them or start with a new ley.
  • You need to plan so that you give the new a grass a chance to establish. If sowing a new ley you should ideally keep the horses of for 12 months. If renovating an existing ley, ideally keep them off for one season.  This is important as horses can damage young grass.
  • Before you spend the money on planting a new grass ley consider getting the soil tested. If you haven't done this for a while it is a good investment. If there is an issue with the soil whatever you spend on a seed could be undermined.
  • You need to decide what it is that you want from the new grass. There can be a direct conflict between the type of grass that would give long-term safe grazing.  These generally have a wide range of non rye grass species in them.  As against if you need predominantly hay production. Here a mixture would generally be a narrow range of high yielding ryegrass species.


What is the right time for the Horse Paddock seeds?

Horse Paddock Horse paddock

For grass seed to grow vigorously there needs to be ideally three good conditions.

  • Firstly, a reasonable consistent warm soil temperature
  • Secondly a good amount of moisture or rain
  • Lastly a well prepared seed bed

The first two clearly generally are dependent on the weather.  This means generally the best times for planting are between mid March and mid May and mid August and end of September.  As we have found over the last few years the conditions are not always right even in these periods. If they are not, then wait until they are.

The better prepared the seed bed is the better establishment you will get. If sowing from new, it is generally easier to make sure you have a good seed bed. Then the seed can be broadcast and rolled afterwards.  If adding to an existing pasture, you need to cut the grass back short, harrow the ground hard, broadcast the seed and finally roll afterwards.

The rolling at the end is very important as you are trying to make a good seed to soil contact.


To successfully seed a horse paddock and improve the pasture follow this simple plan.

  1. If you haven't tested the soil recently do so.
  2. Decide if you want a mixture for grazing or for hay.
  3. Plan so that you can keep the horses off for the appropriate length of time.
  4. Plant the seeds at the time that would encourage maximum growth into a well prepared seed bed.


Following this should result in you improving the long-term grazing for your horses.

For more information on our Horse paddock click here.


If you need any more information or advice, please feel to contact Tim Evans on either 0800 0854399.  Or at

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Wildflowers and Butterflies

Posted on March 18, 2019

Native Wildflowers and Butterflies from the UK.

Cornflower and butterfly Cornflower and butterfly

There are over 70 different Butterfly species that have been recorded in the UK. Most of them have specific primary sources of food from plants they prefer. Much of the following information about wildflowers and butterflies has been taken from an excellent resource online at;

They have a very comprehensive site with information about most butterfly species and in particular wildflowers & butterflies. Showing which wildflowers and grasses are Butterflies primary plant food. We have taken part of their list and looked at just wildflowers that are commercially available.



On the table below; on the right is the species of Butterfly with a link to more details of the species on the UK butterflies website. On the left we have linked to the individual plant species which you can buy as seed or plugs. If there is not a link we can still get the species commercially and you would need to contact us.

Butterfly on Marigold Butterfly on Marigold

As with Bees their have been a big fall in numbers of Butterflies in last few years and it is important that we plant flowers that will benefit them . A  great resource for all things Butterfly can be found at the following link.

Butterfly Conservation








If you want to support native wildflowers and Butterflies thne  grow or plant some wildflowers that will suit a range of butterflies then consider either our;

Butterfly Border Mix

Butterfly Plug Plant mix

Wildflowers and Butterflies

English Name Latin Name
Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria Grizzled Skipper
Bents (various) Agrostis spp. Gatekeeper
Meadow Brown
Small Heath
Bird's-foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus Common Blue
Cryptic Wood White
Dingy Skipper
Green Hairstreak
Short-tailed Blue
Silver-studded Blue
Wood White
Blackthorn Prunus spinosa Black Hairstreak
Black-veined White
Brown Hairstreak
Scarce Swallowtail
Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica Brimstone
Clovers (various) Trifolium spp. Clouded Yellow
Pale Clouded Yellow
Cock's-foot Dactylis glomerata Essex Skipper
Large Skipper
Meadow Brown
Speckled Wood
Common Nettle Urtica dioica Comma
Red Admiral
Small Tortoiseshell
Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa Small Copper
Cowslip Primula veris Duke of Burgundy
Devil's-bit Scabious Succisa pratensis Marsh Fritillary
Fescues (various) Festuca spp. Gatekeeper
Meadow Brown
Small Heath
Field Pansy Viola arvensis Queen of Spain Fritillary
Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata Green-veined White
Grasses (various) Gramineae spp. Arran Brown
Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil Lotus pedunculatus Cryptic Wood White
Wood White
Kidney Vetch Anthyllis vulneraria Small Blue
Lucerne Medicago sativa Clouded Yellow
Pale Clouded Yellow
Short-tailed Blue
Meadow Vetchling Lathyrus pratensis Cryptic Wood White
Wood White
Meadow-grasses (various) Poa spp. Gatekeeper
Meadow Brown
Small Heath
Primrose Primula vulgaris Duke of Burgundy
Red Clover Trifolium pratense Mazarine Blue
Short-tailed Blue
Red Fescue Festuca rubra Grayling
Marbled White
Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata Glanville Fritillary
Heath Fritillary
Sheep's Sorrel Rumex acetosella Small Copper
Sheep's-fescue Festuca ovina Grayling
Marbled White
Silver-spotted Skipper
Small Scabious Scabiosa columbaria
Tufted Hair-grass Deschampsia cespitosa Ringlet
Yorkshire-fog Holcus lanatus Marbled White
Small Skipper
Speckled Wood

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