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SODS FOR PASTURES

Destroying Bushes
Permanent Pastures
Renewal Of Permanent Pastures
Seed-mixtures
Seed-mixtures
Suggested Mixtures For Pastures
Yields And Composition Of Grasses

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Seed-mixtures








When grass is wanted for hay as well as fertility, the
clovers and timothy compose the greater part of a desirable mixture
wherever the clovers and timothy thrive. Probably this condition always
will continue. The clovers are needed to supply nitrogen to the soil
and to put protein into the hay for livestock. They give way, in large
part, or entirely, the second year. Alsike is more nearly perennial
than the red which practically lasts only through its second season,
when its seed crop has been made, and its function performed. The sod
is chiefly timothy in the second season. A little red-top is desirable,
and the percentage should be heaviest for quite wet land or very dry
land. When fertility is the first consideration, and the sod is left
only two or three years, the following mixture is good, and is for one
acre:

Red clover 10 pounds
Alsike 2 pounds
Timothy 8 pounds
Red-top 2 pounds

When a mixed hay is wanted the first year, the following mixture may be
found better for the purpose:

Red clover 6 pounds
Alsike 2 pounds
Timothy 12 pounds
Red-top 2 pounds

Mammoth clover seed may be substituted for the red without change in
number of pounds.

The amount of timothy and red-top in the second mixture suggested calls
for a liberal supply of plant-food, and this is true of any heavy grass
mixture. If fertility is not present, the seeding of grass should be
lighter, but the clover should not be less in amount for a thin soil
than for a good one. The question of fertilizers is discussed in
Chapter XX.





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