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Elite Backyard Blend

Our Elite Backyard Blend is primarily a cool climate variety which is best suited to temperate regions around Australia. It contains both summer and winter active seed types, making it the perfect grass for both warm and cold conditions seen in these regions. It requires additional watering on days of higher than average temperatures.

The Elite Backyard Blend is ideal for shady conditions and holds up well in frosts. The Sports Turf Ryegrass and the Creeping Red Fescue make this grass hardy enough to withstand a reasonable level of traffic.

This seed mix contains the highest quality Ryegrasses and Fescues: Sports Turf Ryegrass, Turf Tall Fescue, Creeping Red Fescue, providing a soft, green lawn that looks amazing all year round.

Seeding rates:

  • New Lawns: 30 grams per square meter (3kg/100m2).
  • Overseeding: 20 grams per square meter (2kg/100m2).

WA customers: Click here to order from our WA website. No additional quarantine fees apply when ordering from the WA website.

For more information see below for Description and Features to see if this grass suits you!



The Elite Backyard Blend is a combination of 35% Sports Turf Ryegrass, 35% Turf Tall Fescue, 20% Creeping Red Fescue and 10% McKays Slow Release Fertiliser. Please click the links to each individual seed for specific details and further information.

Sowing Tips: Sow into soft top soil or sandy loam. Broadcast the seed at, or very near, the soil surface and incorporate lightly with raking. To ensure best coverage and avoid seed wastage we recommend using an appropriate seed spreader for the size of your area. Soil must remain damp throughout the germination period of both seeds and must be maintained for at least 1-2 weeks after sowing, through irrigation or natural rainfall. Adequate water supplies need to be maintained until the grass is fully established.

Optimal Planting Time: Autumn and Early Spring are the best times to sow this seed.

Optimal pH: 5.5-7

Germination: 14-21 , climate and condition dependent.

Water: Keep moist throughout the entire germination period until the roots are well established. Requires additional watering during Summer and unseasonally high temperatures to ensure the roots do not die off.

Fertilizing: McKays Slow Release Fertiliser is included in this blend. Additional application is recommended approximately 6 weeks after sowing during active growth phase.

First Mowing: When grass is between 5-7cm tall. This should indicate that the roots are strong enough to withstand the mowing process.

Mowing Frequency: Mowing requirements will increase during active growth phase. This may mean mowing is required 1-2 times/week depending on desired height of grass.

Disadvantages of Elite Backyard Blend:

  • Requires more water than warm climate grasses in summer and unseasonally hot days
  • May need occasional oversowing to maintain a thick and luscious lawn

Seed & package details: 35% Sports Turf Ryegrass, 35% Turf Tall Fescue, 20% Creeping Red Fescue, 10% McKay’s Slow Release Fertilizer (by weight).

Independently Tested: 85% Min Germination, 98% purity. A seed testing Certificate is available upon request.

Ideal Usage: Residential lawns, commercial landscapes, parks & playgrounds.

Where can I sow this grass in Australia? Areas 4, 6, 7, 8, 9


Shade tolerance: Excellent

Daily Sunlight Required: 3+ hours

Drought tolerance:  Good

Frost Resistance: Excellent

Traffic Tolerance: Good



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  • Warm
  • Cool

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

Seed information

Shade tolerance (Weather)

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade
  • Heavy Shade
  • Full Shade

Drought tolerance (Weather)

  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Traffic tolerance (Weather)

  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Frost tolerance

  • Poor
  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Average days to germination

  • 2-3 Weeks
  • 2-4 Weeks
  • 3-4 Weeks

Free Shipping On All Orders Over $50

We provide free standard delivery shipping for all orders where the total cart value exceeds $50.00 AUD

Standard Delivery

Australia Wide (except Western Australia)

Flat rate of $9 (for orders under $50).
Orders are dispatched within 24 hours via regular Australia post (3-5 Business days).

Express Post

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WA Customers

Due to quarantine restrictions, we have a different product range available for Western Australia.
If you are shopping for delivery to WA, please view our WA site here

Pick-up Not Available

Sorry, we are not able to offer local pick-up.


Unfortunately we are not able to ship internationally.

Customer Reviews

Based on 113 reviews
David M.
Great grass for shady conditions

Courtesy of a neighbours leopard tree casting shade over my entire yard, my lawn died. I tried 5 different grass seed types from a major hardware chain and all had disappointing results. I cleared the block and tried the backyard blend. Amazing...grows almost in the dark and a lovely dark green fine blade leaf,

Ellen B.
Grass seeds

We’ve spread the lawn seeds all over the back yard and it’s looking awesome very green and thick

Jodie D.

Elite Backyard Blend

Rosemary S.
Grass Seed supply

Great service from McKays Grass Seeds. Easily ordered my required grass seeds and it was dispatched very quickly even though we were interstate.

Neil F.
Elite Backyard Blend

Grows into a beautiful lush lawn highly recommended.

Jay H.
Great seeds, on time delivery, great variety

happy with the service at McKays

David R.

I little sceptical about the chances of resounding success with lawn seed as opposed the turf but with a week I had lush coverage of about 70% of the seeded area and the coverage improves every day

Elite Backyard Blend

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