Still time to reseed your ley

Still time to reseed your ley

August is the optimum time to reseed, however it can still continue into September weather permitting.

August is the optimum time to reseed, however it can still continue into September weather permitting. Specialist Nutrition can help you choose the grass mixture most suitable for your on-farm forage needs but first lets look at some top tips for reseeding:

Reseeding Tips

  • Take a soil sample at 10cm (4 inches) to analyse pH, P and K indices
  • Spray off the old sward and ensure there is enough new growth for the chemical to be taken up
  • Begin cultivations 7 – 10 days after spray off & ensure low level of thrash before cultivating particularly where using minimum cultivation techniques
  • Apply seedbed fertiliser as required. Apply lime to achieve 6.5 pH at a maximum of 6t/ha (2.5ton/acre), split dress if more is required. Do not use high nitrogen fertilisers on a grass reseed
  • Work down to prepare a fine, firm seedbed regardless of cultivation technique
  • Drill or broadcast the seed onto the rolled seedbed. Ring roll or light harrow to ensure maximum contact between seed and soil. Grass and clovers will not germinate until the average daily soil temperature is above 5ºc. Temperatures need to rise to achieve satisfactory growth
  • Roll again, ideally with a ring roller
  • Weed control in the new ley is usually necessary to ensure good establishment around six weeks after sowing in normal conditions; herbicide choice will depend on the presence of clover or not
  • Graze periodically from 8-12cm down to 3-6cm this will help achieve a dense, tillered sward. The removal of grass allows light to reach and stimulate grass tiller buds and clover growing points.
  • Sheep or young stock are less likely to poach the developing sward
  • If significant weed problems are expected, you may consider establishing the ley without clover and introducing it once a herbicide has been applied to the sward

3 Grass Essentials

No. 1. Graze Out - A variety that delivers 15T is not much use on a farm if the cow won’t eat it!

No. 2. Yield - If the variety grazes out, you want it to produce as much as possible

No. 3. Quality - Now you have your utilisable yield determined, we want that to be of the highest quality possible

SN Cut & Graze Mixture

30% Nifty for spring growth; leaf content; silage yields

15% Elysium for spring growth; silage yields

15% Kerry for spring growth; leaf content

15% Xenon for best grazing variety tested by Teagasc

20% Aspect for 2nd best grazing variety

5% Coolfin White Clover

SN Grazing Mixture

45% Nifty Spring Growth; leaf content; Silage yields

25% Xenon Best grazing variety tested by Teagasc

25% Aspect 2nd best grazing variety

5% Coolfin White Clover

Specialist Nutrition Grazing Mix is the best combination available anywhere!

Grazing Only Mixtures

SN Grazer

DLF Grazer

DLF 4N Grazer

DLF Herbal Ley 6 Species


Overseeding with ProNitro

is a cost effective way of establishing grass seed, while taking the risk out with Nitrogen seed coating, ProNitro.

Offers significantly stronger and faster establishment. ProNitro is coated directly on to the seed to give the germinating and developing seedling the full benefit of the additional nutrition.

The roots and shoots grow rapidly, developing strong seedlings that grow at least 30% more vigorously. These are useful developmental traits for overseeding and a competitive sward.

ProNitro Mixture - Ready to Grow

35% Solas

60% Aspect

5% White Clover

Nigel Condell 500 500 s c1

If you would like more information please contact

Nigel Condell on 087 0938170

Office on 051 833071

All our varieties are the best grass seed and high performers with the top 5 on the Teagasc Grazing Trials and offer versatility with an excellent combination of high yields, quality, and persistence.

Designed for both grazing and silage and have been proven in the fields and parlours of Ireland.

Specialist Mixtures

DLF 100% Organic

DLF Horse Paddock

DLF low Input Pasture

Cutting Only

DLF Perennial Silage

DLF Hybrid Silage

DLF Hybrid Silage + Red Clover

Zero Graze

DLF Zero Graze

Cut & Graze

SN Cut & Graze

DLF Persistence

DLF All Stock

DLF Performance

DLF Heavy Soils