Predominantly used in permanent pastures for grazing or cut-and-carry, but can also provide useful stand over or deferred feed. It is valuable for soil conservation, as a turf, and as a cover crop in orchards.
- Widely adapted to soils and climate.
- High nutritive value when young.
- Excellent ground cover for soil conservation .
- Tolerant of heavy grazing.
- Makes useful hay and silage .
- Tolerant of salinity.
- Tolerant of flooding.
Normally sown at 15-25 kg/ha dehulled seed, the higher rate being used for more rapid cover. Seed is best sown onto a very well prepared, fine, weedfree seedbed and rolled in. Seedlings usually root down quickly. Grows on a wide range of soils, but best in relatively fertile, well-drained soils. Adapted over a broad range of soil pH (4.5-8.5), but grows best when the pH is above 5.5. Cynodon also have good tolerance to saline soils.
Extremely tolerant of heavy grazing, but more productive if correctly managed. Regular grazing and nitrogen fertilisation are necessary to maintain quality. It is very palatable if kept short in growth and fertilized. A stubble height of 5-10 cm under grazing or cutting gives good regrowth and maintains sward density. Renovate by ploughing or discing when sod-bound.