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 an 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.
- 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
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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Most types came up well, others were slow and I’m still waiting on some patches, but if works as well as the previous time it should fill in well.
Love this product and great service from McKays. I am a return satisfied customer.
We have a shaded section that only gets summer sun - close the the house. It had always struggled and only came good by end summer. I reached out to the team and went with their recommendation. The seed germination was quick and it looks to be blending nicely with established grass. Highly recommend any product from Mckays
Coming up nicely
Elite Backyard Blend