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:
Silky Bluegrass (Dichantheum sericeum)
- This grass is very wide spread across Australia (except Tasmania) and is adapted to a variety of soils and climates.
- Silky Bluegrass prefers clay soils, but will happily grow on loams and rocky sites.
- It has a high drought and heat tolerance, low to moderate frost tolerance and a high tolerance to fire.
Burra Weeping grass (Microlaena stipoides var. Burra)
- The Weeping grass is one of few native grasses that can grow is little to no direct sunlight making it perfect for shaded areas you can’t get any other grass growing in.
- It has high frost tolerance, high drought tolerance, medium salt tolerance, and high shade tolerance
Redgrass (Bothriochloa macra)
- It survives well in harsh dryland conditions where less hardy grasses usually fail.
- Redgrass is commonly found in association with Wallaby grass and Queensland Bluegrass.
- Redgrass grows on a variety of soil types but is best on heavy clay. It prefers slightly acid to neutral pH soils, but can tolerate moderate alkalinity.
- It will germinate only under warm conditions, that is with air temperatures consistently above 250C
Purple Wire Grass (Aristida personata)
- this grass grows on lighter textured, low fertility, acid country,
- It is often found in very drought prone soil due to its tolerance to severe drought.
- Often, you find this grass is common where ground cover is reduced
Evans Wallaby grass (Rytidosperma caespitosa)
- Wallaby is one of the most resilient native grasses and is a cool season grass so now is the perfect time sow
- It has high frost tolerance, high drought tolerance, high heat tolerance, and high acid soil tolerance
|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.
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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