Silky Bluegrass grows best on the clay soils of the Mitchell grass country, but it also grows on loams or rocky sites. Preferred soil pH range is from 6.0 to 7.5.
Moderate frost tolerance
High drought tolerance
High heat tolerance
High grazing tolerance
This is a useful pasture grass as it has a high leaf to stem ratio and is palatable to stock especially when young. Foliage is palatable even when flowering. Because of its distinctive and attractive appearance, it can also be used for landscaping as specimen plants or for revegetation. It is often sown with Wallaby grass for year-round green growth in southern areas.
5 to 10 kg/ha (florets) for pasture and revegetation.
The seed will germinate only under warm conditions. Seed can be sown from spring to early autumn. Late autumn seedlings can be damaged by frost.
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. 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.
Unfortunately due to Quarantine restrictions this product is not available to Western Australia
Queensland Bluegrass is a leafy upright tufted perennial grass. It also has a strong capacity to root at nodes and to spread laterally by this method. The stems and leaves have a distinctive blue-green appearance. It flowers in summer and the seedheads are similar in appearance to Redgrass and have a distinctive silky feel. There are very hairy junctions on the stem of the inflorescence. Queensland Bluegrass has bluish stems, whereas Redgrass has more red colouration of the leaf margin and stem.