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. 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
Silky Bluegrass (Dichanthium sericeum)
- This grass prefers warmer, drier sties. It is adapted to a broad range of climatic types and soils. Has a high drought & heat tolerance, moderate frost tolerance and most importantly a high grazing tolerance
- It is also very good at recruiting new seedlings from earlier generations and will rapidly cover areas if soil conditions suit.
Giant Spear Grass (Heteropogon triticeus)
- Giant Spear grass is among one of the taller non-bamboo grasses in Far North Queensland.
- The stems (or more specifically culms) can get up to over two metres
- Spear grass does not withstand waterlogging but may bear short periods of flooding.
Curly Windmill Grass (Enteropogon acicularis)
- This grass grows on soils that are mildly acid to alkaline and usually of high clay content, and has a reasonably good salt tolerance which it is great for soils that are dryland salinity.
- It will grow on mine-waste soils with high salt content and survives where most other grasses fail.
- High drought and very high heat tolerance, Flood and Frost tolerance and High Salt tolerance.
Mix of Pitted Bluegrass (Bothriochloa decipiens) and Red leg Grass (Bothriochloa macra)
- Pitted Bluegrass is an important species in rehabilitation. It is naturally widespread, common and establishes well from direct seeding on many soil types.
- Red leg Grass is one of the native grasses that benefits from livestock grazing and is widespread in overgrazed
Plains Grass (Austrostipa aristiglumis)
- Plains grass is a warm season native perennial grass that will grow up to growing in tufts up to 2m tall.
- It does quite well on soils with it good moisture, high fertility, and neutral to alkaline soils.
- Plains grass is particularly frost sensitive but drought tolerant.
Kangaroo Grass Mulch (Themeda triandra)
- 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 due to quarantine restrictions this MIX is unavailable to Tasmania and Western Australia. Tasmanian customers can purchase the other grasses individually, except for Curly Windmill.
|3-5kg per acre
||9-12kg per ha
- 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. 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.
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