Western Badlands Seed Mix

  • Establishes and persists in dense, poor soils
  • Tolerates high pH
  • Good year-round grazing and winter browse
  • Use in sagebrush steppe, badlands, arroyos, and foothills
  • Time-tested, proven performers
  • Sold in 20 pound bags

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Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.



Western Badlands Seed Mix works well in the sagebrush steppe, foothills, plains and valleys of the West. It is adapted to areas for 2,000 – 8,000 feet in most geographic areas west of the Mississippi River. It will work especially well in arid or “badlands” areas with poor soils. This mix will tolerate saline or alkaline (high pH) soils. The species in this mix are all proven performers.

Western Badlands Seed Mix is excellent for arroyos, foothills, open rangelands and hardpan where cover and feed are desired in less than ideal soil conditions. All species are good for grazing, and the shrubs species are all proven for winter browse. This is an excellent mix for erosion control and reclamation of disturbed areas. It is suited a wide range of soil types but will do best in clay-loam to sandy-loam soils. The grasses will fill in immediately, the shrubs will establish over time.

The Forage Kochia component makes this an excellent grazing mix for winter cattle range.

Western Badlands Mix Contents

Percent in MixSpecies
Scientific Name (link)
20%Fourwing SaltbrushAtriplex canescens
20%Slender WheatgrassElymus trachycaulus
15%Intermediate WheatgrassThinopyrum intermedium
10%Immigrant Forage KochiaBassia prostrata
10%Crested WheatgrassCrested Wheatgrass
10%SainfoinShoshone Sainfoin
8%Siberian WheatgrassAgropyron fragil
3.5%Indian RicegrassOryzopsis hymenoides
3%Ladak II AlfalfaLadak II Alfalfa
0.50%Sand DropseedSporobolus cryptandrus


Application methods and rates:

This mix can be broadcast or drilled. If the broadcast method is used, scarify or “break-up” the soil surface to ensure a good seed bed. This can be done with something as simple as a hard tooth rake. Any method will work as long as the surface crust is broken. Seed can be broadcast by hand. A small fertilizer spreader also works well.

If a drill is used, plant NO DEEPER THAN .25″. Germination failure will likely occur if seeds are sown deeper than .25″.

Chances of a successful establishment can be increased if the site is rolled or “packed” after the seed is sown, but it is not required.

Broadcast method:  20 pounds per acre
Drill method: 15 pounds per acre

This product is sold in 20 pound bags.


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