Additional Grass Information
Rytidosperma caespitosum, previously Austrodanthonia caespitosa
Medium clays to light sandy loams. Most Wallaby grasses prefer not to be waterlogged. Within the wide range of Wallaby grasses are species that can thrive on virtually all soil types.
- High frost tolerance
- High drought and heat tolerance
- High acid soil tolerance
Wallaby grasses are very adaptable and perform well for many uses.
Pasture – under grazing wallaby grasses are nutritious, productive and persistent when grazed intermittently. They are not suited to set stocking.
Horticulture – Wallaby grasses have been used successfully between rows of vines or trees to control erosion, reduce surface temperature, control weeds and lower saline water tables. Their summer activity is low, meaning that they will not compete strongly with the vines or trees for moisture at that time.
Revegetation – Wallaby grasses are used on disrupted soils where soil erosion control or long term perennial cover is required or on roadsides where soils are poor and shallow and minimum maintenance is desired.
Lawns – types such as Hume and Oxley have been used very successfully where mowing height can be kept at 50 mm or higher.
Amenity areas of low or passive use and where irrigation is unavailable.
Golf course roughs – Wallaby grass can be used for golf course roughs or other areas requiring attractive plants with low maintenance requirements. Wallaby grass sowings will not become so thick that a golf ball cannot be found in amongst the plants and usually a shot is playable.
Landscaping – It is also an attractive and versatile plant for landscaping applications. The choice of species will be determined by the height desired for the seedheads.
Remediation of toxic soils – tests by the University of Melbourne have shown that some types of wallaby grass are able to tolerate very high levels of heavy metals and other toxic matter.
Food for insects and birds – Wallaby grasses are preferred habitat for many butterflies and moths, including the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth. Birds are well known to enjoy wallaby grass seeds.