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    Westerwold Spring Drilling

    Looking to drill a westerwold ley for the first time this spring for horse hay/haylage, had planned to drill early/mid March but with the dry spell we're having at the moment is there any plus/negative's to drilling now? If we catch a cold spell between now and Spring will it effect the seed? Or is it ok to get it in the ground early? Cheers.

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    Re: Westerwold Spring Drilling

    You might be OK but there's quite a risk of very slow germination and the plants being under siege from slugs and other pests.
    If it's a droughty soil type the risk would be more worthwhile.
    On the other hand seed is expensive if it had to be redone.

    We are further north and a cold area but wouldn't consider it before late March when it would hopefully get away within a couple of weeks, and grow away from pests through April.
    That sounds like mid-March for your area.

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    Re: Westerwold Spring Drilling

    What he said. Plus I would never drill grass seeds this early. We are pretty certain to get some lousy weather yet this Winter, we haven't had any yet, and if you planted them now it will cap and slump and go very sad if we get a load of rain or snow. Grass seeds are very small as you may have discovered and they need a bit of tender care. In any event, although the ground surface is incredibly dry for the time of year, it is still a bit damp underneath and by working it now sufficient for grass seeds you will "put it together" too much.

    Grass seeds are not like wheat where you can "plant 'em in mud and they grow like a wood"

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    Re: Westerwold Spring Drilling

    Thank you both. I will hold off

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