Narrowleaf Carpet Grass (Axonopus fissifolius) is a perennial creeping grass that makes a dense turf with shiny leaves. It is a low profile, low maintenance lawn grass that can perform well in various soil conditions and can be a dominant species in low fertile situations.
Narrowleaf Carpet grass performs very well in the shade and also grows in full sun, making it a very adaptable species suited to areas of the tropics, subtropics and some warmer temperate regions. Because of its prostrate growth and dense turf, Carpet Grass can be used as a straight lawn seed or in mixtures with other warm-climate grasses for interrow situations, erosion control, and playing fields.
Narrowleaf Carpet Grass is closely related to Broadleaf Carpet Grass (Axonopus compressus). While its leaf blades are appreciably narrower (50-60%) than those of broadleaf carpetgrass, narrow-leaf carpetgrass is still a coarse-textured species.
Narrowleaf Carpet Grass is more drought-tolerant and better suited to drier shallower soils than broadleaf carpet grass and is typically the dominant species in low soil fertility turfed areas. Narrowleaf carpet grows best within Queensland and Northern New South Wales. It can also be found growing quite happily growing within moist, well-watered soil, but not waterlogged conditions.
Narrowleaf carpet grass as a managed turfgrass, forms a moderately dense sward of medium quality turf with a generally shallow root system and is commonly found growing within parks and roadsides that have low soil fertility, has shallow soil and contains a mixture of turf species. Narrowleaf carpetgrass is a warm-season grass that spreads by means of creeping stolons. It doesn’t produce a high-quality lawn, but it is useful as a turfgrass because it thrives in difficult areas where other grasses fail.
Narrowleaf Carpet Grass establishes easily from seed. The new seed sowing rate is from 1kg/100m2 during late spring through summer.
Is Narrowleaf Carpet Grass suitable for you;
- Use: Residential, Domestic Lawns, Roadsides, Playing Fields, Erosion Control, Low Fertile Soils.
- Suitable climate classification: Subtropical and Tropical
- Preferred mowing height: 30 mm – 50 mm
- Shade tolerance: Moderate
- Wear tolerance: Poor
- Cold tolerance: Poor
- Frost tolerance: Sensitive
- Heat tolerance: Good
- Salinity tolerance: Poor
- Water requirement: Low
- Fertiliser requirement: Low
- Mowing frequency: Moderate (does not tolerate close mowing). Mow to 40mm-50mm in height during the wet season and lower to 30mm during the dry season.
- Thatch production: Low
What are the disadvantages of Narrowleaf Carpetgrass:
The disadvantage of using carpetgrass in lawns is its appearance. It has a pale green or yellowish-green colour and a more sparse growth habit than most turf grasses. It is one of the first grasses to turn brown when temperatures cool and the last to green up in spring. Carpetgrass sends up seed stalks that quickly grow to a height of about 30cm and bear unattractive seed heads that give the lawn a weedy appearance. To prevent seed heads, mow carpetgrass every five days to a height of 2.5 to 5 cm. If allowed to grow, the seed stalks are tough and hard to mow down. Narrowleaf Carpet Grass is not considered a high-quality turfgrass and does not produce a fantastic looking lawn, but it can be grown in areas where other grasses fail to grow. Carpet grass is a convenient turfgrass because it is a solution to many problematic lawn areas and is dense enough to withstand pressure.
What are the advantages of Narrowleaf Carpetgrass:
Despite the disadvantages, there are some situations where carpetgrass excels. Carpetgrass uses include plantings in boggy or shady areas where more desirable grass species won’t grow. It is also good for erosion control in difficult sites. Since it thrives in soils with low fertility, it is a good choice for areas that aren’t regularly maintained. One area in which it excels is that it can easily grow in the shade and is perfect for growing in erosion exposed sites. Of the Carpet Grass species, Narrowleaf is the type most often used in lawns.
Common Names of Narrowleaf Carpet Grass include carpet grass, common carpet grass, common carpetgrass, caratao grass, narrow leaved carpetgrass, narrow-leafed carpet grass, narrow-leaved carpet grass, narrow-leaved carpetgrass, mat grass & swazi grass.
What Is AgriCOTE Enhanced Narrowleaf Carpet Grass Seed?
AgriCote is a tailored seed coating treatment applied to Narrowleaf Carpet Grass that conveniently combines all the AgriCote technologies into one high performing seed coat. Starting with the highest quality Carpet Grass seed available, advanced binding and protective polymers with lime are added as the basis for this cutting-edge seed coating technology. The polymer formulation enables the seed to be coated evenly, which makes it easier to work with and promotes a more even seed distribution onto the. In addition, the lime helps to optimise the pH level immediately around the germinating seed, which promotes faster moisture uptake by the seed and better establishment.
AgriCote treatments include nutrients designed to be immediately available to the seedling, protection against fungal diseases through a fungicide treatment and insecticidal treatments to provide protection from biting and sucking insects. AgriCote is designed to enhance Narrowleaf Carpet Grass seedling establishment by delivering improved early seedling vigour and root development, through the inclusion of growth-promoting and dormancy breaking technologies.
Agricote Seed Coating Technology:
- Lime Coating – Creates a favourable germination environment
- NPKS & Trace Elements – provides immediate seedling nutrition
- Growth Promotant – promotes establishment and seed vigour
- Bonding Polymer – bonding AgriCOTE seed capsule
- Protective Polymer – protects and isolates bacteria
Narrowleaf Carpet Grass Registrant: Barenbrug Australia