McDonalds Seeds

Tropical and Sub Tropical Grasses

COMMON NAME
BOTANICAL NAME
CULTIVAR
TIME TO SOW
SOWING RATE
SITE PREFERENCE
UTILIZATION
Weeping love grassEragrostis CurvulaErmeloJanuary4 – 6Upland well-drained warm aspect.Hay and early spring grazing. Set mower high and graze carefully in year of establishment.
TeffEragrostis Tef (annual)S.A. Brown / EmmersonOct – Nov10 – 15Upland well-drained warm aspect.Hay. Mow before it lodges. A second cut can be taken at half the yield of the first cut.
Bermuda grass KweekCynodon dactylonGiant Nk37 / BermudaJanuary4 – 6Sandy soils, warm aspect.Grazing and hay. Suitable for playing fields in hotter areas.
Bahia grassPaspalum notatumParaguay / PensacolaJanuary20 – 25Very adaptable.Tough grass once it has established. Useful grazing for horses and for playing fields.
Dallis grassPaspalum dilatatumAustralian Imp.January30 – 40Moist bottomland heavy soils.High quality summer grazing. Reduce seed production by topping once or twice during growing season.
KikuyuPennisetumWhittetJanuary1 – 2All soils, good fertility and humus content.Grazing for all qualities of livestock, reduce seed production by topping once or twice during the growing season.
Rhodes grassChloris gayanaKatamboraNov – Jan4 – 6Soils with pH (KCI)>5.0Hay. Tends to die out if heavily grazed, makes good quality foggage.
Smuts finger grassDigitaria ErianthaIreneJanuary5Upland warm aspectSlow to germinate. Used for hay and grazing. Sometimes sown with Rhodes grass as a cover crop. Makes good quality foggage.
BloubuffelgrasCenchrus ciliarisMolopoNov – Jan3 – 5Sandy, hot, low rainfall areas.Hay and grazing.
Carpet grassAxonopus Affinus Nov – Jan10Low fertility demanding grassGrazing and lawns
White Buffalo grass/Guinea grassPanicum maximumGattonDec – Feb6 – 10Very adaptable / BushveldVery palatable. Ideal foggage.