Ryegrass Grass Seed Blend
McKay’s Ryegrass Blend is the perfect grass to kick-start the backyard on a budget.
Combining the benefits of Perennial and Annual Ryegrass and a Creeping Fescue to ensure a strong base, this blend is fast germinating, stays green all year round in cool climates, and suits temperate areas of Australia. McKays Slow Release Fertiliser is included in this blend to kick start the germination process.
McKay’s Ryegrass Blend is not recommended for areas in the far north.
- New Lawns: 30 grams per square meter (3kg/100m2).
- Overseeding: 20 grams per square meter (2kg/100m2).
Please see individual seed links for specific details of each seed contained in this blend.
Creeping Red Fescue is a lovely, soft, dark green cool season lawn type with a hint of red at the base which is part of the family of Fescue grasses known as Fine Fescues. It has a refined fine leaf blade making it a perfect grass type for an easy, low maintenance ground cover.
McKays Sports Turf Perennial Ryegrass establishes rapidly from sowing, enabling this seed to be brought into play sooner without comprising turf grass performance. Its attractive glossy mid-green colour coupled with active year round growth makes it visually appealing. It also provides naturally vigorous growth year round and delayed onset of browning in summer.
McKay’s Annual Ryegrass as the name suggests is a 1 year proposition that provides excellent quality Autumn, Winter and early Spring growth.
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 McKays Ryegrass Grass Seed Blend will grow at most times of the year in the temperate regions in southern Australia and areas with cooler temperatures and milder summers.
Germination: Under ideal conditions, germination may begin within 10-14 days (climate and season dependent).
Water: Keep soil moist throughout the entire germination period and until the roots are well established. The key to drought tolerance is a well established root system prior to the onset of summer heat. McKays Ryegrass Grass Seed Blend has a higher water requirement in weather in excess of 28 degrees or when planted in full sun.
Fertilising: McKays Ryegrass Grass Seed Blend requires regular fertilisation, and ideally a bi-monthly spread of a high quality fertiliser, such as McKays Slow Release Fertiliser, should be applied for optimum 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. Generally aim for the blade length to be within the 6 to 12cm range, however you may adjust to your specific requirements.
Mowing Frequency: 1-2 times/week during active growth.
Seed & package details: 40% Annual Ryegrass, 40% Sports Turf Perennial Ryegrass, 10% Creeping Red Fescue, 10% McKays Slow Release Fertiliser (by weight)
Independently Tested: 85% Min Germination, 98% purity. A seed testing certificate is available upon request.
Ideal Usage: Lawns, nature strips, commercial landscapes, parks & playgrounds.
Where can I sow this grass in Australia?
Areas: 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
Shade tolerance: Excellent
Daily Sunlight required: 4+ hours
Drought tolerance: Weak
Frost Resistance: Very Good
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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Absolutely fantastic, exceeded my expectations
Very healthy and robust germination.
Ryegrass Grass Seed Blend
Bought a 5kg bag to try and regreen our lawn after our dog and general neglect left it looking like a dust bowl. After spreading seeds and watering heavily for two weeks, the lawn looks much greener and healthier. Will probably buy another 5kg of this mix to cover the few remaining spots, but overall very happy. Suits a Melbourne summer well.
Happy with this blend. I didn't bother pre-soaking the seeds, I just spread them on the bare patches on our lawn and watered heavily. First green shoots appeared after about 4-5 days.
For the record, I planted in Melbourne in early December.
Grass is now looking lush. Now we just have to try and keep our 6 month old goldie from digging!