GALLOP: Hay & Horse Pasture blend includes 3 of our native grasses that are generally considered to have high forage value. With a high protein content (10–36% crude protein). This mix produces quality forage in the late‐winter early‐spring period. It has high frost tolerance, high drought tolerance. As well as a medium salt tolerance, and high shade tolerance. You can use this pasture blend for both grazing and hay due to its large leaved plants. The hay this blend produces has high structural carbohydrates and high fibre, properties that make it ideal for horse hay.
Grasses in the mix:
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.
- Also a 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
Oxley Wallaby grass (Rytidosperma geniculatum)
- Our Oxley Wallaby grass has been bred to only grow to around 15cm tall.
- Wallaby is one of the most resilient native grasses.
- It has high drought & heat tolerance, as well as a high frost tolerance.
- Wallaby can grow on most soil types from sandy soils with varying levels of clay.
- Wallaby grass is also tolerant to soils that are alkaline to highly acidic.
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.
Unfotunately due to quarantine restrictions this mixed product is not available for Western Australia.
Product has been updated as at 05/11/21
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
|6-8kg per acre
||15-20kg per ha
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Before sowing, the soil surface should be loosened with either a rake or harrows to ensure adequate seed to soil contact.
- No fertiliser is necessary. in particular, avoid any phosphate-based fertilisers. The addition of organic matter however will add to a successful result.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use the sown seed sample to help identify grass seedlings from weeds.
BEST TIME TO SOW
||Sow all year round
||Sow from autumn to spring coincided with rain
Unfortunately due to Quarantine restrictions this product is not available to Western Australia