Rapid Green Lawn mix is a unique blend of both native and exotic shade tolerant grasses. This lawn mix comprises of two of our most notable natives when looking for shade tolerant grasses, the Griffin Weeping grass and Burra Weeping grass. This is complimented with the addition of the popular exotic species, known for its high shade tolerance as well all round durability, the Fine Fescue grass. The Fine Fescue in the initial stages produces rapid growth providing a green protective cover while the slower growing and long lasting native grasses become established.
This lawn mix is suitable for home gardens or landscaped areas in cool temperate regions of south-eastern Australia where a finely textured lawn with good drought tolerance, high frost tolerance and ease of maintenance is required.
GRASSES IN THE MIX
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.
Fine Fescue (Festuca rubra)
- Creeping Red Fescue is a great choice for landscaping, as it grows quickly and covers lots of ground.
- It grows well in sandy soil, it is also great for landscaping in tough spots.
- It is considered one of the most eco friendly exotic grasses due to its low water, mowing and fertilization requirements.
- Even though it is one of the most shade tolerant varieties, it will also tolerate full sun conditions although more water may be required.
Due to quarantine restrictions this mixed product is not available for WA. WA customers can purchase the Burra Weeping and Griffin Weeping grass as individual products.
Mix updated 14/07/21
- 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