Our Great Southern lawn mix is a blend of two of our most renowned lawn varieties, Griffin Weeping grass and Oxley Wallaby grass. Both the Griffin Weeping grass and the Oxley Wallaby grass grow to around 15cm in height, reducing any mowing requirements to minimum. Found commonly in our Great Southern states, both grasses are perfect for any Australian temperate climate that face both the extreme frosts of winter or the scorching heat of summer.
GRASSES IN THE MIX
Griffin Weeping grass (Microlaena Stipoides var. Griffin)
- This variety of Weeping grass grows to roughly 15cm in height.
- Griffin Weeping grass which 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 soils with a pH level of slightly acidic.
Oxley Wallaby grass (Rytidosperma geniculatum)
- Similarly, this variety of Wallaby grass grows to roughly 15cm in height
- Wallaby is one of the most resilient native grasses.
- It has high drought tolerance, high heat tolerance, 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 and highly acidic.
Unfortunately due to quarantine restrictions this product can not be provided as a mix for Western Australia, however the above grasses can be ordered separately.
- 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