Australian native grass lawns
Drought tolerant, low maintenance and incredibly luscious and attractive!!!
Did you know that native grasses can actually be turned into lawn grass? There are actually many advantages of using such grass on your lawn. The most common advantage of native grass against exotic ones is its low maintenance feature. Majority of native lawns only require three to four times per year of mowing. You also don’t need to fertilise and water them constantly.
Native Seeds has multiple selections of grass varieties that are suited for a diverse soil type and can adapt into a certain locality. Weeping grass, for example, are drought-tolerant native grasses that are increasingly popular in the market. The reason for this grass’ popularity is its attractive quality that is similar to Bluegrass or Ryegrass. Being a cool season perennial grass, weeping grass is a very good turf or lawn option for you. It has a fine texture that is soft to walk and lie on.
This type of grass is commonly found throughout south-eastern Australia. It is located on damp grasslands, heath, open, and woodland forests up to 670 metres above sea level. This type of grass prefers acidic soils, but it can also grow on sandy and clay loams.
Weeping grass is amazingly versatile. It has above average tolerance to harsh temperatures, frost, shade tolerant and it also has a high tolerance level to droughts. Common grass lawns normally don’t survive such intense weather conditions. While weeping grass lawn will only brown off during extremely hot and dry periods, it can still remain alive. A slight shower of rain will instantaneously rejuvenate it, making the grass green once more. Occasional watering will surely maintain the state of weeping grass throughout the summer season. That is why a lot of homeowners and grass enthusiasts prefer this among others.
When planting native grass, such as weeping grass, you have to prepare the soil to protect it from invading weeds. Typically, native grasses do not like competition from weeds and it can hamper their growth over time. For best results, you have to sow the weeping grass in autumn and spring. You have to make sure that the seed is 10 to 15 mm below surface and you have to keep high moisture level in the soil so that the seedlings could germinate and establish properly. This will normally take around 10 to 14 days, which is why it is important for you to be patient.
Weeping grass seedlings are about 2 to 3 mm wide and they lie flat when they emerge. Make sure you have broad leaved weeds under control by hand-weeding it. Allow the seedling to thicken up before mowing it. As soon as they are well established, you can now mow the grass to a height of 25 mm to 40 mm. If you want more information about native lawn grass seed and maintenance, be sure to contact Native Seeds.
Weeping grass lawns
Weeping grass makes attractive lawns similar in appearance to introduced Bluegrass or Ryegrass. Weeping grass is a cool season perennial grass which produces very good turf or lawns when sown thickly. It has a fine texture and is soft to walk and lie on. It can be used successfully in a range of turf applications: for low use domestic lawns, golf course roughs, golf course fairways when sown thickly, for shaded areas and for low maintenance areas.
Weeping grass is found widely throughout southeastern Australia in damper grasslands, heath, open and woodland forests up to 670 metres above sea level. It prefers acidic soils and will grow on sandy loams and loamy clays.
This is a versatile grass as it has above average tolerance to high temperatures and frost and above average to excellent drought tolerance. It will brown off during very hot dry periods, but doesn’t die, unlike other introduced grasses for lawns. This is its biggest advantage as even a slight shower of rain will see it green up again and occasional watering will maintain it during summer. Its other main advantage is that it is shade tolerant. It is a very low maintenance grass which lives for a long time. However, Weeping grass has only moderate tolerance to salinity and only average tolerance to heavy wear and tear.
It is highly desirable to prepare the soil before sowing to ensure a weed free seed bed. Because native grasses and lawns establish and grow slowly, they do not like competition from weeds.
Sow between autumn and spring when the soil is moist for best results. Sow the seed 10 to 15 mm below the surface. 1kg of seed is sufficient to cover 100m2.
Keep moisture levels in the soil high until germination and the seedlings are established, but do not flood or waterlog the soil. Germination should take place within 10 to 14 days in autumn and spring. Germination will take longer during colder periods. Please be patient. Weeping grass seedlings, when they emerge, are about 2–3 mm wide and tend to lie flat. At this stage it is important to keep broad leaved weeds under control by hand weeding.
Allow the seedlings to thicken up before mowing. When they are well established, keep mowing heights between 25 mm to 40 mm. The lawn should only require mowing about six times per year.
If there are any thin patches in the lawn, Weeping grass will spread very slowly to fill these in. It has short rhizomes under the soil which grow out to produce new shoots. Weeping grass is not invasive like Couch, Kikuyu and Buffalo grass. Alternatively any thin patches may be resown later.
Weeping grass lawns may benefit from an occasional feed of lawn fertiliser, particularly if the lawn begins to show tinges of yellow.