Southern Restoration mix 1kg

$152.00 (GST Inc.)

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Description

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:

Rough Spear Grass (Austrostipa scabra)

  • This grass is well known as having a high tolerance to drought, poor soils and high temperature.
  • The foliage grows from 10 to 30 cm high with stems reaching from 0.5 to 1.5 metres depending on the species
  • Most species flower in spring, while some flower from late winter to early summer.

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

Silky Bluegrass (Dichanthium sericeum)

  • Silky Bluegrass grows in all states of Australia, but it grows principally in the northern states of Australia.
  • It has a beautiful tufted erect perennial grass to 80 cm high with blue foliage.
  • Moderate frost tolerance, High drought and heat tolerance, also high grazing tolerance

Burra Weeping grass (Microlaena Stipoides var. Burra) Mix

  • Weeping grass is one of the only 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 drought tolerance, medium salt tolerance, and high shade tolerance, high frost tolerance.
  • This grass is also really strong at self-seeding and because it is perennial you can let it go and thick up over time.
  • This grass also grows on a range of soils but prefers sandy soils with a pH level of slightly acidic

Oxley Wallaby grass  (Rytidosperma geniculatum)

  • Our Oxley Wallaby grass has been bred to only grow to around 15cm tall.
  • Wallaby is one of the most resilient native grasses.
  • It has high drought & heat tolerance, as well as a 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 to highly acidic.

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 this can not be sold in WA due to the quarantine restrictions with Redgrass (Bothriochloa macra)

Product mix updated 21/06/21

SOWING

SOW RATE
3-5kg per acre 9-12kg per ha

SOWING GUIDELINES

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Before sowing, the soil surface should be loosened with either a rake or harrows to ensure adequate seed to soil contact.
  5. No fertiliser is necessary. in particular, avoid any phosphate-based fertilisers. the addition of organic matter however will add to a successful result.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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

Distribution Map

SOUTHERN REVEGETATION

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
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