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Couch Grass (Cynodon dactylon)

  • Description :
    • A variable creeping perennial which produces woody stolons and rhizomes
  • Climate :
    • Subtropical
  • Moisture Requirements :
    • 650mm + per annum
  • Soil Preference
    • Does particularly well in sandy soils.
    • Tolerant of moderately saline soils
  • Sowing Rate
    • Rows : 180mm : 4 – 6 kg / ha
    • Broadcast : 5 – 8 kg / ha
    • Irrigation : 10 – 15 kg / ha
    • Can also be established vegetatively
  • Planting Time :
    • September – February
  • Planting Method :
    • Establish during spring or early summer on a fine well prepared weed free seed bed.
  • Management :
    • Where certain species are used for grazing, fertilize well to achieve optimum results.
  • Advantages
    • Palatable summer pasture
    • Can be used as foggage
    • Suitable for hay production
    • Excellent for sheep grazing
    • An average of 7 ton dry matter / ha
    • Grazing capacity during summer : 7 – 10 LAU / ha (December – January)
    • Also used extensively for lawns, sportfields and land reclamation
  • Limitations
    • Where rainfall is less than 650 mm/pa and also occurs erratically, irrigation is advised.
 
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