made Shade Blend in response to the
hundreds of inquiries we get every
year from hunters that ask about seed
that will work in a shady food plot.
This is a blend of Poa Trivalis, Hard
Fescue, Winfred Forage Turnip, Pitau
Ladino Clover and Plantain. Poa Trivalis
is a low growing, shade tolerant grass.
Hard Fescue is a shade tolerant grass
produced in Canada and in Oregon. Winfred
Forage Turnip is a New Zealand grown
forage turnip that we added to give
cold season forage. Pitau clove is
a large leaf clove that is working
well in all our test plots. Plantain
is a broadleaf plant that we have used
a lot of different conditions. It is
a tough plant that thrives in a variety
of climatic conditions. Deer tend to
nip the outer leaves and eat the very
center of the plant. This is great
blend for food plots along field roads
or in small clearings deep in the woods.
This mix should be
planted in an area that receives at
least 4 hours of sunlight. It can be
planted with minimum tillage. When
planting, remove any leaves on the
ground in the food plot area, sow the
plot, and then barely cover the seed.
The seed may be slow to establish if
it is very shady and may not be as
tall as plots planted in the sun. Four
pounds of this mix will plant 1/4 acre.