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RangerClay

Shade tolerant plot seed

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I've got a food in the woods.  For years I have been able to trim back the canopy but it has grown to high for me.  Now nothing grows where there is not direct sunlight.  Does anyone have a shade tolerant seed blend recommendation?

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only blend i can think of would be DeerAg Back 40.  i'd probably go with white clovers, brassicas, and trefoil.  if you have an agway up by you or cornell cooperative extension they could tell you something more specific.

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Seems in my area clover grows ok in partial shade. I have a plot on the one corners of our woods, worked around small pine trees. I put a clover mix in there this year, seems to be coming along...minus where it got washed out from heavy rain.

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I have been planting food plots since 2001. I have used just about every clover seed available out there. With a doubt the best  shade tolerant clover I have planted is "Forested Trail" from Heartland Wildlife Institute. https://www.heartlandwildlife.com/use-forested-trail-food-plot-seed/

I have one area on the north side of a stand of pines which only gets a very few hours of sunlight daily. This area gets a lot of traffic from tractors, ATV's and trucks. The last time I planted the area the clover was still growing strong after six years. I plan on working up the area this spring and replanting it with "Forested Trail". There may be a better choice out there but if there is I haven't found it yet.

Maintenance hasn't been a big operation or issue. This area gets so much vehicle use grass doesn't survive well. A couple bags of low nitrogen fertilizer yearly from my broadcast spreader is about all the attention it gets.

I know many don't cater to "buck on the bag" seed but in the overall scheme of things after buying equipment, fuel, Glyphosate and fertilizer the added cost of a picture on the bag is a moot subject if the results are satisfactory.

Lynn

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