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  • 30 Day Return Policy

RPR Perennial Ryegrass Seed

This unique, fast germinating, cool climate Regenerating Perennial Ryegrass (RPR™) outperforms all other Ryegrass. The deep green color and a professional-like turf quality offer remarkable results.

It not only offers unparalleled quality under hard use and traffic, but it thrives in tough conditions.  RPR™ regenerates through its creeping growth habit and was designed to develop its own pseudo-stolons (creeping stems) which gives it a regenerative quality that will amaze you.

While it can certainly be used as a standalone variety, the benefits of Perennial Ryegrass really come to the fore when used as a companion grass to other varieties. By combining more than one grass seed in a mix when planting, your lawn can adapt to harsher and more varied conditions. Whether it be surviving heavy shade or direct sun, dry spells or heavy rain, combining two or more seeds with different strengths will counteract out the weaknesses of the varieties.

Active families, larger family pets, and backyard play areas all take their toll on traditional lawns. RPR provides the traffic tolerance, resiliency, and density needed for these demanding situations. If you are looking for a hardy, drought and frost tolerant Perennial Ryegrass that has a turf quality and can still grow under heavy use, then Regenerating Perennial Ryegrass (RPR™ ) is what you are looking for.


Seeding rates:

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


Please note: There are currently quarantine restrictions for seeds being sent to TAS and WA.  RPR Ryegrass is unable to be sent to TAS and WA due to quarantine restrictions.

Tasmanian customers: An alternative option for TAS is Sports Turf Ryegrass.  When placing an online order, please document ‘ATT: TAS Biosecurity’ in the ‘Company’ section above the address line to enable faster processing of your seed through quarantine.

WA customers:  Please contact McKays Seeds through the Contact Us link or via phone to discuss your options. Quarantine fees apply for seed inspection.

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



RPR™ has a beautiful deep green color and easily withstands high use and abuse. A low maintenance lawn that is extremely disease and insect resistant, it thrives in harsh conditions due to its ability to regenerate using pseudo-stolons.

The combination of fast establishment and regenerative growth potential provides significantly improved weed control over other Ryegrasses.

Optimal pH: 5.0-7.0

Sowing Tips: For best results, sow in a soft, loamy soil that has good water retention. 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.

Optimal Planting Time:  If there is sufficient soil moisture, RPR™ will grow at most times of the year in the temperate regions in southern Australia. Perennial Ryegrass traditionally performs best in areas with cooler temperatures and milder summers.

Germination: Under ideal conditions, germination may begin within 7-10 days (climate and season dependent).

Water: Keep moist until the roots are well established. When compared with other perennial ryegrasses, RPR™ exhibits superior drought tolerance. The key to drought tolerance is a well established root system prior to the onset of summer heat. Perennial Ryegrass has a higher water requirement in weather in excess of 28 degrees or when planted in full sun.

Fertilising:  Perennial Ryegrass also requires regular fertilisation. Ideally a bi-monthly spread of a high quality fertiliser such as McKays Slow Release Fertiliser, should be applied for optimal performance during the growing season.

First Mowing: It is a fast grower, and will need to be regularly mowed over the fast growing period of spring/early summer. Aim for the blade length to be within the 6 to 12cm range. However, RPR™ can be cut to shorter heights due to the increased density of this variety and ability to regenerate and recover from wear.

Mowing Frequency: 1-2 times/week during active growth.

Disadvantages of RPR™: 

  • Perennial Ryegrass is at its best in the cooler months and peaks in growth at these times. It can start to struggle during warmer months, and does get particularly thirsty through spring and summer. A heavy watering schedule over these months is advised to keep your lawn looking healthy.
  • It can struggle in direct sun during summer months

Seed & package details: 100% Regenerating Perennial Ryegrass.

Independently tested: A seed testing Certificate is available upon request.

Ideal Usage: Residential Lawns, Tees, Fairways, Sporting Grounds, companion planting with other seed varieties.

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

Shade tolerance: Excellent

Daily Sunlight required: 4+ hours

Drought tolerance:  Poor

Frost Resistance: Excellent

Traffic Tolerance: Very 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

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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 43 reviews
Craig Murphy
Great product

We managed to get the seed down and germinating in the middle of June in Melbourne. It understandably took a bit longer than the quoted "ideal conditions" but is now growing well. We have some small patches that washed away with the rain but are looking forward to using our new lawn.

The advice from McKays staff before, during and after purchase has been absolutely fantastic.

Leigh Andrews
Great seeds

Bought these as part of a blend for my yard, even through terrible Melbourne weather these seeds germinated rapidly and have provided a great cover so far. Very impressed.

Dennis Fogarty

Quick delivery, Instant results with the hotter weather last week.
Will definately use Mckays again

quick and reliable growth


Oversow of RPR on kikuyu on the 8th March, ahead of some good expected rainfall and then around 25 deg temps in Melbourne. Grass has all germinated well and already cut once. Last year's RPR still going well and hardly went dormant during summer. we have a shaded area that is now almost 100% RPR. Would recommend, particularly for Melbourne

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