Sowing Notes: Winter Lawn Mix

Winter Lawn Mix – a blend Wallaby Grass sp. and Griffin Weeping Grass.

A lawn made of a mixture of Weeping grass and Wallaby grass is fine textured, yet more hardy and drought tolerant than Weeping grass on its own.

Both Wallaby and Weeping grasses are cool season perennial grasses which grow naturally in the temperate areas of eastern and south western Australia. They grow on clay loam to light sandy soils. Both grasses have above average tolerance to high temperatures. Weeping grass will brown off during summer, but greens up when moisture is available. Wallaby grass will usually stay green. These grasses are tolerant of cold and frost and will grow in shady situations.

Sowing:

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 between autumn and spring when the soil is moist for best results. Sow the seed 10 – 15mm below the surface, or if spread over the soil surface, 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 Weeping grass and within 14 – 21 days for the Wallaby grass during autumn and spring. The seed can take longer (up to 6 weeks) to germinate during colder weather.

Please be patient.

Wallaby grass seedlings are very small and fine when they emerge.

Weeping grass seedlings are wider and flatter then Wallaby grass.

At the early stages of establishment keep broad leaved weeds under control by hand weeding.

Maintenance:

Once the seedlings reach maturity, the lawn may be cut.

Keep the mowing height above 50mm.

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.