I'm interested in establishing some Sainfoin for forage this spring on my property. I was wondering if anyone has heard of or tried to plant it by "frost seeding" it. That is broadcast seeding it in the winter when the ground is going through freezing and thawing cycles to incorporate the seed into the ground. If not what are the best ways to establish it without using a tractor or other large equipment? Thanks.
I have never had much luck frost-seeding, but that is not to say it does not work. I would sow with plenty of seed though because of lack of emergence. Still if it is all you have to work with (no tractor) it is really all you have for an option. But on the bright side, since you will not be spending money on fuel, and those kinds of costs, if you do put down some extra seed and it does not take, really you will be no worse off cost wise. In other words, you can buy a LOT of seed for what a rental tractor will cost you.
I would sow it down, and use like twice to three times what is recommended. Something would have to germinate I would think.
Smaller seeds work better. Red clover works really nice on fertile ground sweet xlover for dryer poorer areas. Legumes dont like acidic conditions. Annual rye is a nice cool season annual that froat seeds nice and millet works good for a warm season.