Our GALLOP: Northern Horse Pasture blend is an ideal low sugar pasture option for tropical and sub-tropical regions of Australia. All these grasses have a high drought tolerance once established. All the grasses in this low sugar pasture mix can grow across a range of soil types. This blend does have a good tolerance to highly alkaline soils as an added benefit.
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:
Curly Mitchell grass (Astrebla lappacea)
- Mitchell grass is renowned for its capacity to respond well following heavy grazing.
- Drought dormancy allows survival during extended dry periods. As well as making it able to extract soil moisture from relatively dry soil.
Silky Bluegrass (Dichanthium sericeum)
- Silky Bluegrass 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.
Black Spear grass (Heteropogon contortus)
- Black Spear grass grows on a range of soils types.
- It is a significant pasture grass in Northern Australia and can be used to regenerate over grazed pastures.
- This grass grows where there is a marked wet and dry season. It is a typical species of tropical and sub-tropical tall grasslands in Australia.
- Seed will germinate when temperatures are between 25 oC and 30 oC.
Curly Windmill Grass (Enteropogon acicularis)
- This grass grows on soils that are mildly acid to alkaline and usually of high clay content, and has a reasonably good salt tolerance which it is great for soils that are dryland salinity.
- It will grow on mine-waste soils with high salt content and survives where most other grasses fail.
- High drought and very high heat tolerance, Flood and Frost tolerance and High Salt tolerance.
Unfortunately due to quarantine restrictions this product is not available to Western Australia.
|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
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