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Bahia Grass (Paspalum notatum)

  • Description :
    • Paspalum notatum is a sod-forming perennial with stout creeping runners which are closely noded and may develop above or slightly below the soil surface.
  • Climate :
    • Subtropical
  • Moisture Requirements :
    • 650mm per annum
  • Soil Preference
    • Widely adapted to various soil types, including low lying marshy soils.
  • Sowing Rate
    • Rows : 180mm : 10 – 15 kg/ha
    • Broadcast : 25 kg / ha
  • Planting Time :
    • February
  • Planting Method :
    • Establish on a firm weed free seed bed.
    • Roll to compact the soil after planting.
    • Should have adequate subsoil moisture.
    • If possible, supplement with irrigation until well established.
  • Management :
    • Should be grazed lightly during the first year after establishment.
    • Reacts well to fertilization
    • Needs relatively moist conditions
    • Particularly suited for grazing sheep
  • Advantages
    • Maintains its palatability throughout the season
    • Has good digestive qualities
    • Can withstand heavy grazing once properly established.
    • Ideal for foggage.
    • Extremely suitable for semi-intensive and well as intensive cattle production
    • Produces a hard wearing surface and as such is ideal for certain sport fields eg. Polo
  • Limitations
    • This grass is sensitive to frost and generally browns off during winter
 
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