Orchard Grass

Orchard Grass

SKU: GR400
Also known as Cock's-foot and Cat Grass, this tall perennial bunching tussock grass thrives in the cool season, and tolerates shade, drought, and the heat of summer. It is one of the finest silage grasses, producing very high quality hay. Read More

Exposure Full-sun to partial shade

Season Cool season

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More details about Orchard Grass

Dactylis glomerata. Also known as Cock's-foot and Cat Grass, this tall perennial bunching tussock grass thrives in the cool season, and tolerates shade, drought, and the heat of summer. It is one of the finest silage grasses, producing very high quality hay. It is considered by many to be one of the finest for animal forage, with its very fine texture and apparent good flavour (and high sugar content) at the immature stage. If it is tilled under, Orchard Grass is an excellent source of carbon and organic matter, so it makes a great cover crop for fall or early spring applications. Left to grow, Dactylis can reach a height of 140cm (55"). It is long-lived and fast growing, producing faster re-growth in summer than Timothy Grass. Sow at a rate of 4.5kg (10 lbs) per acre, or mix 2.5kg (5 lbs) orchard grass with 4.5kg (10 lbs) crimson clover per acre.

Orchard Grass is the food plant of choice for many butterfly caterpillars.

Quick Facts:

    • Fast growing
    • Cool season
    • Soil builder
    • Quality silage
    • Perennial

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All About Orchard Grass

Latin

Latin
Dactylis glomerata
Family: Poaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Exposure:

Exposure: Full sun to shade
Zone: Dactylis is hardy to Zone 4

Timing

Timing
Direct sow when the nights are cool around the time of the last frost and the 4-6 weeks that follow. Plant again as the weather cools, 8-10 weeks before the first frost date. Expect germination in 7-14 days.

Starting

Starting
Just cover the seeds and tamp the soil, then lightly mulch. Sow at a rate of 4.5kg (10 lb) per acre, or mix 2.5kg (5 lb) orchard grass with 4.5kg (10 lb) crimson clover per acre.

Growing

Growing
Left to grow, Dactylis can reach a height of 140cm (55"). It is one of the finest silage grasses, producing quality hay.

How to Grow Orchard Grass

Step 1: Timing

Direct sow when the nights are cool around the time of the last frost and the 4-6 weeks that follow. Plant again as the weather cools, 8-10 weeks before the first frost date. Expect germination in 7-14 days.

Step 2: Starting

Just cover the seeds and tamp the soil, then lightly mulch. Sow at a rate of 4.5kg (10 lb) per acre, or mix 2.5kg (5 lb) orchard grass with 4.5kg (10 lb) crimson clover per acre.

Step 3: Growing

Left to grow, Dactylis can reach a height of 140cm (55"). It is one of the finest silage grasses, producing quality hay.

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