Kangaroo Grass

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Additional Grass Information

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Themeda triandra

SOILS

Kangaroo grass can still be seen in remnant plains grasslands and sclerophyll, redgum and box woodlands as well as open grassy forests. It is very widely adapted and grows on soils ranging from sand to heavy clays. It also grows in soils of low to moderately high pH.

TOLERANCES

  • High drought tolerance
  • High heat tolerance
  • Low to moderate frost tolerance
  • Moderate to good feed value when actively growing
  • High tolerance to fire

USES

Amenity uses – golf course roughs, passive recreation.

Landscaping – useful for decorative planting because of its attractive foliage and seedheads, seasonal variations in colour, its adaptability and low maintenance.

Revegetation – good in combination with other native grasses in areas of inhospitable soils where minimum preparation is possible. Because of its deep roots, Kangaroo grass  can help maintain a low water table thereby assisting to control dryland salinity.

Pasture – it provides good fodder when actively growing and is best when intermittently grazed.

Burrill

This variety is an ideal choice for perennial pastures for grazing of sheep and cattle. Grazing has been shown to be most productive on this grass when carried out under rotational management. It was selected for long term persistence and high productivity per hectare.

This grass was developed by the NSW Department of Land and Water Conservation (DLWC) through research funded by DLWC and the Meat and Livestock Association, the Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation and the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. Native Seeds Pty Ltd holds the exclusive licence to this variety.

Tangara

Useful for revegetation because of the following characteristics: high persistence over many years. reduced fire risk because the largest proportion of foliage is produced close to the ground rather  than on its seeding stems. better seed production.

It is ideally suited to growth on poor and exposed soils, low fertility and rainfall sites and for situations where low maintenance is required.

Bred by CSIRO and licensed exclusively to Native Seeds Pty Ltd.

Paringa

This variety has been chosen for its striking visual appeal. It has a distinct blue/purple colour in its leaves and flower stems. It makes a wonderful landscaping plant if allowed to grow to its full size. It can grow in a wide range of soils and is able to survive persistent dry conditions. It also produces a large bulk of dry matter and makes excellent fodder for grazing.

This product is now available to Western Australia customers!

SOWING

SOW RATE

15-20kg 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. 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.

Distribution Map

KANGAROO

Kangaroo grass is a warm season, deep-rooted perennial with a soft, erect or sprawling tussocky habit. The leaves are long and thin and as they mature, turn from green to red/brown/purple. Kangaroo grass can grow to a height of 40 to 150 cm. Attractive rusty-red seedheads form throughout the summer and are usually 30 to 50 cm long on stems with dark nodes. This grass spreads by seed, not by root growth. After harvest, the seed is usually dormant for six months. Kangaroo grass doesn’t grow during winter.

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