There is a distinction between conservation and revegetation. Revegetation is actively reintroducing material onto a site that either no longer occurs there naturally or is in such low occurrence that it cannot yield sufficient seed to permit natural recruitment of following generations. Conservation, on the other hand, is more about retaining what is on site and undertaking steps to increase its occurrence. Native Seeds provides seed for revegetation of sites that have little or no desirable plant cover.
We suggest that people use native grasses as the first stage of a well-planned revegetation program that will span several years. Grasses are the primary colonisers of new landscapes. They hold the fresh and unstable soil together and in doing so they establish the soil conditions for the successful establishment of the secondary and tertiary colonizers, the shrubs and trees.
Grasses in this mix:
- An all year green perennial grass with a tussocky habit.
- Found in all Australian states except the NT and is more common in districts with cool winters.
- Pasture –it occurs naturally with other grasses and is one of the first to start growing in spring, providing early green feed. It has high to moderate feed value.
- It is drought resistant, frost tolerant and has strong winter and early spring growth. Native Wheat grass is best used for revegetation or pasture.
- This grass is well known as having a high tolerance to drought, poor soils and high temperature.
- The foliage grows from 10 to 30 cm high with stems reaching from 0.5 to 1.5 metres depending on the species
- Most species flower in spring, while some flower from late winter to early summer.
- Silky Bluegrass grows in all states of Australia, but it grows principally in the northern states of Australia.
- It has a beautiful tufted erect perennial grass to 80 cm high with blue foliage.
- Moderate frost tolerance, High drought and heat tolerance, also high grazing tolerance
Spiny Head Mat Rush (Lomandra longifolia)
- A hardy perennial suited to a wide range of positions, from sandy soil to clay, sun to part shade.
- Scented yellow flowers in winter and spring, followed by seeds a month or two after flowering.
- Common all along the east coast of Australia from Tasmania to Queensland, on sandy soils and swamps.
- Tolerates dry spells but regular watering will stimulate new growth, can handle wet spells as long as they are not prolonged.
- This is an extremely versatile and useful grass.
- Weeping grass has an attractive appearance, persistence and high grazing value, as well as tolerance of shade and acid soils.
- This native provides persistent ground cover once established and requires mowing roughly 3-4 times a year. The dense foliage and soft leaves means that this grass produces a very high quality lawn.
Mixed Wallaby Grass species – (Rytidosperma Setaceum/Fulva/Ariculata/
- Wallaby Grasses are one of the most resilient native grasses.
- They have high drought tolerance, high heat tolerance, high acid soil tolerance and high frost tolerance
- Wallaby Grasses can grow on most soil types from sandy soils to soils with varying levels of clay, and are also tolerant to soils that are alkaline.
- Our Oxley Wallaby grass has been bred to only grow to around 15cm tall.
- Wallaby is one of the most resilient native grasses.
- It has high drought & heat tolerance, as well as a high frost tolerance.
- Wallaby can grow on most soil types from sandy soils with varying levels of clay.
- Wallaby grass is also tolerant to soils that are alkaline to highly acidic.
- Kangaroo grass is a common species on all soil types, from sand to heavy clays, and grows in soils of low to moderately high pH.
- It is widely associated with revegetation due to its high persistence over many years.
Unfortunately this can not be sold in TAS or WA due to the quarantine restrictions.