Compadre Zoysia Grass Seed Blend
McKays Compadre Zoysia Grass Seed Blend contains 20% Compadre Zoysia, which is one of our most popular and highest quality grass seeds. It is an improved variety of Zoysia which provides a beautiful lush cover, dark green leaf tone, medium leaf size and enhanced density.
All Zoysia grass varieties spread by surface stolons and underground rhizomes. The presence of rhizomes also increases the hardiness of the variety, for winter survival or drought tolerance.
In this blend, the Zoysia is combined with Annual Ryegrass which provides a safety bed to protect and nurture the growth of the Zoysia. The Annual Ryegrass will eventually die off after 12 months (or sooner due to warmer weather) and will not return, allowing the Zoysia to spread out and fill out these areas.
Compadre Zoysia is drought, heat and salt tolerant. It also stands up well under heavy wear and tear. It is recommended for shaded areas in Northern Australia but will always prefer being in a more sunny position.
Compadre Zoysia is a warm season Asian grass type and does not tolerate cold weather very well. This means its active growth starts in early or late spring, depending on location and peaks in the hot summer months. It should only be planted in the warmer regions of Australia where other warm season lawns are grown, such as Buffalo and Couch. It is not recommended for Victoria or Tasmania as it does not perform well in frost.
For best results, plant the Compadre Zoysia Grass Seed Blend in a climate that ranges between 22-26 degrees Celsius, and fertilise at least a couple of times a year with McKay’s Slow Release Fertiliser.
If you are living in parts of Australia where the temperature regularly exceeds 28 degrees, we recommend going with the Pure Compadre Zoysia as the Annual Rye will not survive long in temperatures over 30 Degrees.
Please note: Seeding rate for the Compadre Zoysia Grass Seed Blend is higher than that of the Compadre Zoysia Grass Seed.
New Lawns: 30 grams per square meter (3 kg/100m2).
Overseeding: 20 grams per square meter (2kg/100m2).
Compadre means ‘Companion’, and Zoysia Compadre has been developed, grown and encouraged for it’s suitability to grow so well amongst other grass types in a companion setting. This blend has been designed so that the Annual Ryegrass can protects and nurture the growth of the Zoysia.
A soil pH between 6.5 and 7.0 is optimum.
Sowing Tips: Broadcast the seed at, or very near, the soil surface and incorporate lightly with raking. Zoysia grass seed needs light to germinate, so the seed should be at or very near the surface of the soil for the best germination results. A planting depth of 5mm or shallower gives the best germination results, a deeper planting depth will prolong the germination and establishment time.
Zoysia seeds are very small and can be difficult to evenly broadcast. To ensure best coverage and avoid seed wastage we recommend combining the seed with sandy loam and using an appropriate seed spreader for the size of your area.
Optimal Planting Time: Compadre Zoysia is a warm season grass and sowing should occur when night time temperatures are consistently above 18 degrees celcius. Allow 3 months for establishment before the onset of Autumn or any significantly cooler weather. Best sown in warmer temperate and tropical zones of Australia.
Germination: 7-10 days for the Annual Ryegrass, 28 days-6 weeks for the Zoysia, climate dependent. Can be up to approximately 8 weeks in cooler climates or sub-optimal conditions. A soil temperature of 18-25 degrees at a 5cm depth will give the most immediate germination results.
Water: With the seed so close to the surface, it should be watered quite frequently with light water applications until germination is complete. This will keep the seedlings from drying out as they sprout. Once established it tolerates low water and drought conditions well.
Fertilising: To ensure successful germination it is essential to apply a starter fertiliser when sowing your grass seed. For optimal results fertilising in the active growth phase is recommended.
First Mowing: First mowing when grass reaches 5cm in height.
Mowing Frequency: More frequent mowing will increase the turf density of any of the Zoysia varieties. Mowing is the best form of weed control.
Disadvantages of Compadre Zoysia Grass Seed Blend:
- Requires more watering in warm weather than Compadre Zoysia Grass Seed due to the large Ryegrass component
- Can take longer to establish a pure Compadre Zoysia lawn than using the Compadre Zoysia Grass Seed (pure)
- Does not tolerate cold well
- Does not tolerate frost
- Recommended only for the warmer climates of Australia
- Not for Tasmania or Victoria
Seed & package details: 70% Annual Ryegrass, 20% Compadre Zoysia Seed, 10% Slow Release Fertiliser (by weight).
Independently Tested: 85% Min Germination, 98% purity. A seed testing certificate is available upon request.
Ideal Usage: Residential Lawns, Commercial Landscapes.
Where can I sow this grass in Australia? Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Shade tolerance: Good
Daily Sunlight Required: 6+ hours
Drought tolerance: Excellent
Frost Resistance: Poor
Traffic Tolerance: Excellent
Warm season grasses thrive during the warmer months in Spring and Summer and may go dormant in cooler climates through winter.
Cool season grasses thrive during the cooler months in Winter
Shade tolerance (Weather)
- Full Sun
- Part Shade
- Heavy Shade
- Full Shade
Drought tolerance (Weather)
Traffic tolerance (Weather)
Average days to germination
- 2-3 Weeks
- 2-4 Weeks
- 3-4 Weeks
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Delivery was efficient.
Very happy lots of fine little whiskas of grass appearing after 6 days from planting
Seeds showed up very fast, a split package was quickly traced and balance of delivery followed the next day. Couldn't be happier
Can Highly Recommend this product, it's been about 3 weeks since
planting and, the grass has come on so well.
Definitely 5 Star, a very happy customer.
Arrived very quickly. Well packed