Gallop: Southern Horse Pasture 1kg

$138.00 (GST Inc.)

GALLOP horse pasture blends have been specifically formulated to reduce the risk of equine laminitis and founder. The grasses in this blend have been selected for their low non-structural carboydrates, that will grow well in the temperate regions of Australia.

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Description

Our GALLOP Southern Horse pasture blend is a mix of cool and warm season grasses. We do this so at any point in the year the climate will be optimum for at least one of the grasses in the mix. All these grasses have either a medium to high drought tolerance once established and all grow across a range of soil types.

An elevated content of nonstructural carbohydrates such as fructose in pasture grasses is found to be one of the main causes of laminitis / founder in horses and ponies. The recommended thresholds to avoid equine laminitis are to keep NSC’s below 10 g/100g of the fodder. In all introduced cool season grasses , like Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) and Cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata), excess carbohydrate is stored in high amounts as simple sugars such as fructose and glucose,

Native Australian grasses, however, store carbohydrates as starch. The horse can digest this in a non-harmful way. For example, the Weeping grass and Wallaby grasses easily fall under this threshold having fructose levels of less than 0.2 g, glucose of less than 0.2 g and total sugars of less than 1.0 g/100g!

Grasses in the mix

Native Wheat Grass – (Anthosachne scabra)

  • An all year green perennial grass with a tussocky habit.
  • Found in all Australian states except the NT and is more common in districts with cool winters.
  • Pasture –it occurs naturally with other grasses and is one of the first to start growing in spring, providing early green feed. It has high to moderate feed value.
  • It is drought resistant, frost tolerant and has strong winter and early spring growth. Native Wheat grass is best used for revegetation or pasture.

Burra Weeping Grass – (Microleana stipoides)

  • This is an extremely versatile and useful grass.
  • Weeping grass has an attractive appearance, persistence and high grazing value, as well as tolerance of shade and acid soils.
  • This native provides persistent ground cover once established and requires mowing roughly 3-4 times a year. The dense foliage and soft leaves means that this grass produces a very high quality lawn.

Silky Bluegrass (Dichanthium sericeum)

  • This grass prefers warmer, drier sites. It is adapted to a broad range of climates and soil types.
  • This grass has a high drought & heat tolerance, moderate frost tolerance and most importantly a high grazing tolerance
  • It has a high leaf to stem ratio and is palatable to stock especially when young.

Mixed Wallaby Grass species – (Rytidosperma Setaceum/Fulva/Ariculata/Eriantha/Caespitosa)

  • Wallaby Grasses are one of the most resilient native grasses.
  • They have high drought tolerance, high heat tolerance, high acid soil tolerance and high frost tolerance
  • Wallaby Grasses can grow on most soil types from sandy soils to soils with varying levels of clay, and are also tolerant to soils that are alkaline.

Kangaroo Seeds & Awn (Themeda triandra)

  • It is a warm season grass that has its main growth in summer and is generally dormant in winter
  • A great adaption of this grass is its fire tolerant and responds well to regular burning and spelling
  • It responds quickly to the first rain of the season growing an upright green leaf from the crown of the plant.
  • It also produces a large bulk of dry matter and makes excellent fodder for grazing.
Unfortunately due to quarantine restrictions this mix is not available to Western Australia.
Product Mix updated as at 22/03/22

SOWING

SOW RATE
3.2-10kg per acre 8-24kg per ha

SOWING GUIDELINES

  1. For best results try to ensure that the seed bed is weed free. Native grasses are slow growers and effective weed control is highly desirable.
  2. It is also incredibly helpful to know the pH levels of your soil so take soil sample to test your soil pH level, following test kit instructions.
  3. While the soil is under preparation, it is a good idea to sow a few seeds into a sterile seed raising mix to be kept moist until germination. This will allow for easier identification of lawn seedlings once the lawn is sown.
  4. Before sowing, the soil surface should be loosened with either a rake or harrows to ensure adequate seed to soil contact.
  5. No fertiliser is necessary. in particular, avoid any phosphate-based fertilisers. The addition of organic matter however will add to a successful result.
  6. Spread the seed evenly over the prepared surface and rake it in, so it is lightly covered. Seed sown deeper than 15 mm may not germinate.
  7. Where possible, try rolling the area as it lightly presses soil particles together and ensures grass seeds are in contact with the soil. This will eliminate air pockets that could interfere with seed germination and growth and a rolled seedbed also holds moisture longer.
  8. If there is access to irrigation, for the first three weeks, water approximately 2-3 times a week, taking into account the weather. Where there is no access to irrigation, sow from autumn to spring coincided with rain. It is important after sowing grass seed to ensure seeds do not dry out.
  9. Use the sown seed sample to help identify grass seedlings from weeds.

BEST TIME TO SOW

Irrigation Sow all year round
No irrigation Sow from autumn to spring coincided with rain

Unfortunately due to Quarantine restrictions this product is not available to Western Australia

Distribution Map

Additional Sowing Agent

What is a Vermiculite mix?

Our seed mixes all include vermiculite, a commonly used product in the horticultural sector in its exfoliated form. There are a few reasons we mix our seeds with vermiculite:

  • Native grasses come in all shapes and sizes which generally makes them harder to mix and distribute evenly. Vermiculite is a proven method for creating consistent mix that is substantially easier to sow.
  • Vermiculite is ideal for the germination of seeds because its water holding capacity make it a excellent medium for direct contact with the seeds. Vermiculite helps create a humid micro climate around the emerging seedlings preventing scorching or drying out
  • Vermiculite is a great soil improver due to its aeration properties. This increases your soil structure and gives your seedlings a helping hand to have good root growth
  • Vermiculite’s exchange properties can absorb excess nutrients and release them slowly to the plants via the finest root hair
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