Sowing Notes: Summer lawn mix
– a blend of Wallaby Grass, Griffin Weeping Grass and Redgrass
A lawn made of a mixture of Weeping grass, Wallaby grass and Redgrass is fine textured, yet more hardy and drought tolerant than Griffin or Wallaby grass on its own.
Wallaby and Griffin Weeping grass are cool season perennial grasses while Redgrass is a summer growing perennial. All the grasses will grow on clay loam to light sandy soils. This grass blend has above average tolerance to high temperatures and will grow very successfully in shading situations. Griffin Weeping grass may brown off during summer, but greens up when moisture is available. Wallaby grass will usually stay green and the Redgrass will actively grow during the summer months.
During the cooler months, the Griffin and Wallaby grass will actively grow and the Redgrass will go dormant, taking on a slight reddish tinge in colour.
Native grasses do not like competition from weeds as they have relatively slow growth rates, so ensure the soil is well prepared and weed free prior to sowing.
Sow the seeds in spring or early autumn when the soil is moist for best results. The Redgrass will only germinate once air temperatures are above 25˚C. Sow the seed by distributing it evenly over the soil surface then lightly rake over to ensure that all seed is in good contact with the soil.
Keep the seed moist until the seedlings are established, but do not flood or waterlog the soil.
Germination should take place within 10 – 14 days for the Griffin Weeping grass, within 14 – 21 days for the Wallaby grass and approx. 7 – 10 days for the Redgrass.
Please be patient.
Wallaby grass seedlings are very small and fine when they emerge.
Weeping grass seedlings are wider and flatter than Wallaby grass.
At the early stages of establishment, keep broad leaved weeds under control by hand weeding.
Allow the seedlings to thicken up before mowing.
Keep the mowing height above 40mm.
The lawn should only need infrequent mowing, possibly only 6 times per year.
A general lawn fertilizer can be applied at 3 months and then only occasionally, if at all.