Soil Rehabilitation Guidebook

[Soil Rehabilitation Guidebook Table of Contents]

Table A2.2. Example seed mixes for coastal British Columbia

    Seeds/kg Generalb Dryb Wetb Calcareousb Borealb Alpineb Legumeb Trailb
Species Typea (<>1000) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Grasses:
Perennial rye bunch (S) 544 10   30 10   15        
Annual rye bunch (S) 419 10       10          
Intermediate wheat sod (L) 220 15   25 20   10        
Crested wheat bunch (L) 441     10 10     30      
Slender wheat bunch (S) 353   25                
Creeping red fescue sod (L) 1354 20     25 20 25 20 25   30
Hard fescue bunch (L) 1244   30                
Timothy bunch (L) 2863   10     10   20     10
Orchard grass bunch (L) 1440   20 20     15   15    
Kentucky bluegrass sod (L) 4750 5       5         5
Canada bluegrass sod (L) 5506       5   10       10
Smooth bromegrass sod (L) 275               15    
Redtop bentgrass sod (L) 11013 5       5     5   5
Meadow foxtail sod (L) 1277         15     15    
Fall rye annual (S) 39                    

Legumes:
Alsike clover (S) 1479 10 5     10 20 10 10 35 10
White clover (L) 1872 15   5 10 15   20 10 20 20
Red clover (S) 617                 25 10
Alfalfa (L) 562 10 10 10 15 10 5   5 20  
Lupin (L) 49       5            

aS = short-lived, L = long-lived

bSeed mixes: All seed mixes are listed as a per cent of mix by weight.
1, 2 = General: mixtures suitable for a variety of sites.
3, 4 = Drought, rainshadow, south exposure, coarse-textured soils, narrow seeding window.
5 = Wetland, ditches and poorly drained areas.
6 = Calcareous, high concentrations of calcium carbonate.
7 = Boreal, east of the Rocky Mountains.
8 = Alpine, higher elevations with heavy snowpack. Use a cold-hardy variety of orchardgrass, such as Kay.
9 = Legume, moist sites, maximum N-fixation for planted trees.
10 = Trail, predominantly small-seeded species to reduce application rates for broadcast seeding on backspar trails, skid roads and landings.