This hardy cool season grass is reasonably shade tolerant and is most often used as a pasture grass. It will do quite well on poor or shallow soils. Sow in spring or late summer at 33 kg per hectare (30 lb per acre).
How to Grow
Good seed to soil contact is required for any successful seeding. Begin with a finely prepared seedbed that is as free of weeds/debris as possible and firm with a stiff rake or roller. Orchard grass is sown at 12 mm (1/2″) deep from early April to mid-May and again in September. Late fall seeding around mid October until winter arrives (known as dormant seeding) generally ensures that no seed will germinate until spring as the soil is too cold. Spring’s warm rains and snow melt will be enough to initiate germination.