Study

Re-introduction of target species into degraded lowland hay meadows: how to manage the crucial first year?

  • Published source details John H., Dullau S., Baasch A. & Tischew S. (2016) Re-introduction of target species into degraded lowland hay meadows: how to manage the crucial first year?. Ecological Engineering, 86, 223-230.

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Mow before or after seeding/planting

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Grassland Conservation
  1. Mow before or after seeding/planting

    A replicated, controlled study in 2011–2012 in a species-poor hay meadow in Germany (John et al. 2016) found that cutting vegetation three times/year after sowing seeds resulted in more species characteristic of hay meadows than cutting once/year after sowing seeds. After one year, the number of species characteristic of hay meadows was higher in areas where seeds were sown and vegetation was cut three times/year (4.5 species/plot) than in areas where seeds were sown and vegetation was cut once/year (3.2 species/plot). In September 2011, four blocks consisting of twelve 4 × 4 m plots were established. All plots were ploughed and vegetation removed, following which they were sown with the seeds of 18 plant species. In each block, vegetation was cut three times/year in six plots and once/year in six other plots. Vegetation cover in a 0.5 × 0.5 m quadrat in each plot was surveyed in autumn 2012.

    (Summarised by: Philip Martin)

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