Premier 3 Ryegrass is a proven performer for Australian sportsfields and wicket tables. Premier 3 is a versatile grass with an excellent dark green colour and a fine leaf blade. It forms a very dense wear tolerant turf and displays great adaptability to a wide range of soil conditions.

Premier 3 establishes quickly to allow areas to be back in play in short periods of time. It performs equally well in low or high mowing regimes, and is adaptable to a wide range of management practices. Premier 3 has good shade tolerance and its dense, carpet-like sod characteristic is a desirable quality of Premier 3.

Key features of Premier 3 Ryegrass
  • Big brother to Premier II, #2 performer in independent trials (29 grasses including Mediterranean)
  • Top germination speed
  • Strong perennial growth habit
  • Leading turf visual quality (#2 ranking for all turf quality)
  • Dense continental characteristics leading to wear tolerance
  • Well suited to couch or kikuyu oversowing
  • Excellent disease and heat tolerance
Key benefits of Premier 3 Ryegrass
  • Proven wear tolerance
  • Attractive deep, green colour
  • Strong disease resistance
  • Fast establishment
Variety Management

Premier 3 is well suited to all temperate and sub-tropical regions of Australia. It performs best on well drained, fertile soils and is suitable for oversowing Bermuda grass, providing good seed to soil contact. This strong performing ryegrass makes it suitable for long-term turf surfaces and summer cricket events with irrigation.


Seed can be slit/dimple drilled or broadcast with top-dressing ideally at 5mm and no more than 1cm deep. Seed to soil contact is important especially when oversowing into Bermuda grass during active warm season growth. The use of a growth regulator is recommended in this situation. Ensure seed is supplied with adequate irrigation with frequency of cycles during the day dependent on temperature. During the first watering, it is recommended to give seed a good soak to penetrate the seed walls - seed must maintain close contact with wet soil for about 3−5 days to gain a good germination.

Fertiliser / fungicides / insecticides

At sowing, an application of a quality starter fertiliser is vital for strong plant and root development. A suitable analysis of 18:10:9 at a rate of 200−240 kg per ha is recommended. The application of fungicides and insecticides at planting has been proven to aid in establishment.


The below is a total ranking out of 60 points, assessing performance parameters of Germination, Vigour, Quality and Density from April through to September. (Independent data John Neylan 2017, Melbourne.)

Perennial ryegrass cultivar Ranking
Barolympic 51
Premier 3 49
Striker Gold 49
BAR LP 7609 46
BAR LP 6164 43
Derby X 43
LP6131 43
Premier II 43
Rohan SPR 43
BAR LP (s) 6165 42
BAR LP 6159 40
BAR LP 6117 39
Mediterranean competitor (C) 39


Important Note for WA and TAS Orders:

Due to strict quarantine regulations, please contact us to purchase seeds for delivery to WA or TAS.

If you place a seed order to WA or TAS without the required quarantine certificate, your order may be refunded by our Customer Support team.

Brand: Barenbrug
Surface Type:
Sportsfields, Cricket Wickets
Application Rate: 3-5 kg per 100m²
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