We don’t have to tell you that here in Australia, hot relentless summers and periodic droughts have been commonplace. These harsh conditions are not new to our native grasses. They have managed with them for many, many generations and will continue to do so in some of the hottest parts of the year. This lawn mix brings together some of our most drought tolerant native grasses for one of our most water use efficient lawn mixes yet. Mix updated 07/06/21
GRASSES IN THE MIX
Redgrass (Bothriochloa macra)
- It survives well in harsh dryland conditions where less hardy grasses usually fail.
- Redgrass grows on a variety of soil types but is best on heavy clay.
- It prefers slightly acid to neutral pH soils, but can tolerate moderate alkalinity.
- It will germinate only under warm conditions, that is with air temperatures consistently above 250C
Silky Bluegrass (Dichanthium sericeum)
- This grass prefers warmer, drier sites. It is adapted to a broad range of climates and soil types.
- This grass is highly drought tolerant & heat tolerant, with a moderate frost tolerance.
Griffin Weeping grass (Microlaena Stipoides var. Griffin)
- Developed by the University of New England specifically to grow to around 15cm tall.
- Griffin Weeping grass is incredibly shade tolerant. It can grow in direct sunlight and/or little to no direct sunlight.
- It has high drought tolerance, medium salt tolerance, high frost tolerance.
- This grass also grows on a range of soils but prefers a pH level of slightly acidic.
Unfortunately due to quarantine restrictions this product mix is not available to Western Australia.
Mix updated 07/06/21
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Before sowing, the soil surface should be loosened with either a rake or harrows to ensure adequate seed to soil contact.
- No fertiliser is necessary. in particular, avoid any phosphate-based fertilisers. The addition of organic matter however will add to a successful result.
- 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.
- 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.
- If there is access to irrigation, for the first three weeks, water approximately 2-3 times a week, taking into account the weather. Where there is no access to irrigation, sow from autumn to spring coincided with rain. It is important after sowing grass seed to ensure seeds do not dry out.
- Use the sown seed sample to help identify grass seedlings from weeds.
BEST TIME TO SOW
||Sow all year round
||Sow from autumn to spring coincided with rain
Unfortunately due to Quarantine restrictions this product is not available to Western Australia
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