There are not many parts of Southern Australia that Wallaby grass cannot be found growing. They occur in ditches, on ridges, on airports, on plains and mountains, near the sea, on poor soils, on perfect soils – they can be found all over southern Australia. What’s more the various species of wallaby grasses overlap greatly. You will often find three or four species growing alongside each other.
Wallaby grass is known for its high drought tolerance & high heat tolerance. As well as its high acid soil tolerance & high frost tolerance.
Oxley Wallaby grass can grow on most soil types from sandy soils with varying levels of clay. Oxley Wallaby grass can grow across a range of pH levels from acidic to moderate alkaline.
Horticulture – Wallaby grass has been successful in-between rows of vines or trees to control erosion. Using Wallaby grass as an interrow crop also reduces surface temperature. As well as weed control and lower saline water tables. Wallaby grasses low summer activity means that it will not compete strongly with the vines or trees for moisture.
Landscaping – It is also an attractive and versatile plant for landscaping applications. Golf course roughs commonly use Wallaby grass for its low maintenance requirements. There is also the added benefit the golf ball being still easy to located in the wallaby roughs. Meaning that usually a shot is playable.
Insects & Birds – Wallaby grass is a preferred habitat for many butterflies and moths. This includes the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth.
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WA approved: Available Nationally
5 to 8 kg/ha for florets
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.
Wallaby grass can grow across a range of pH levels from acidic to moderate alkaline
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
There are about 30 native species of Wallaby grass in Australia and they are found in the temperate areas in all states except Northern Territory. This grass is common and widespread. It is often seen on roadsides in open plain country or in lightly forested slopes. In any one area there are usually a number of species growing alongside one another and populations are seldom monocultures. For example the greater Melbourne area has seventeen species.