Biodiversity Mix

$40.00$137.00 (GST Inc.)

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Description

The intention of many revegetation programs is to restore a degraded site with the full array of plants that would have been present originally. In complex vegetation communities this can mean as many as 20 to 30 species of plants. While this is desirable, for many relatively short-term revegetation programs of two to three years, this is simply insufficient time to restore complex ecosystems. Native Seeds believes it is better to establish one strong backbone species on a site and then slowly increase the biodiversity by adding seed or plants of other species at a slow pace, possibly over a decade or more.

Unfortunately due to quarantine restrictions some of the grasses in this mix are not permitted in WA.

Grasses In The Mix

**This mix is a blend of all grasses we have in stock currently and is subject to change**  Mix updated 07/06/21.

This mix contains:

Curly Mitchell grass (Astrebla lappacea)

Purple Wire grass (Aristida personata)

Rough Spear grass (Austrostipa Scabra) 

Pitted Bluegrass and Redleg Grass (Mix of Bothriochloa decipiens and macra) 

Silky Bluegrass (Dichanthium sericeum)

Curly Windmill (Enteropogon acicularis)

Black Spear grass (Heteropogon contortus)

Oxley Wallaby grass (Rytidosperma geniculatum)

Bristly Wallaby grass, Copper Awned Wallaby grass, Lobed Wallaby Grass, Hill Wallaby Grass, Common Wallaby Grass (Rytodosperma mix – Setaceum/Fulva/Ariculata/Eriantha/Caespitosa) 

Kangaroo grass mulch (Themeda triandra)

Product mix updated as at 05/11/21

SOWING

SOW RATE
3-5kg per acre 9-12kg per ha

SOWING GUIDELINES

  1. For best results try to ensure that the seed bed is weed free. Native grasses are slow growers and effective weed control is highly desirable.
  2. It is also incredibly helpful to know the pH levels of your soil so take soil sample to test your soil pH level, following test kit instructions.
  3. While the soil is under preparation, it is a good idea to sow a few seeds into a sterile seed raising mix to be kept moist until germination. This will allow for easier identification of lawn seedlings once the lawn is sown.
  4. Before sowing, the soil surface should be loosened with either a rake or harrows to ensure adequate seed to soil contact.
  5. No fertiliser is necessary. in particular, avoid any phosphate-based fertilisers. the addition of organic matter however will add to a successful result.
  6. Spread the seed evenly over the prepared surface and rake it in, so it is lightly covered. Seed sown deeper than 15 mm may not germinate.
  7. Where possible, try rolling the area as it lightly presses soil particles together and ensures grass seeds are in contact with the soil. This will eliminate air pockets that could interfere with seed germination and growth and a rolled seedbed also holds moisture longer.
  8. If there is access to irrigation, for the first three weeks, water approximately 2-3 times a week, taking into account the weather. It is important after sowing grass seed to ensure seeds do not dry out.
  9. Use the sown seed sample to help identify grass seedlings from weeds.

Unfortunately due to Quarantine restrictions this product is not available to Western Australia

Distribution Map

biodiversity

Additional Sowing Agent

What is a Vermiculite mix?

Our seed mixes all include vermiculite, a commonly used product in the horticultural sector in its exfoliated form. There are a few reasons we mix our seeds with vermiculite:

  • Native grasses come in all shapes and sizes which generally makes them harder to mix and distribute evenly. Vermiculite is a proven method for creating consistent mix that is substantially easier to sow.
  • Vermiculite is ideal for the germination of seeds because its water holding capacity make it a excellent medium for direct contact with the seeds. Vermiculite helps create a humid micro climate around the emerging seedlings preventing scorching or drying out
  • Vermiculite is a great soil improver due to its aeration properties. This increases your soil structure and gives your seedlings a helping hand to have good root growth
  • Vermiculite’s exchange properties can absorb excess nutrients and release them slowly to the plants via the finest root hair
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