Sowing a Wallaby Grass Lawn
A Wallaby grass lawn is fine textured, hardy and drought tolerant.
We sell 2 different varieties of Wallaby grass suited to lawns:
- Hume Wallaby grass
- Oxley Wallaby grass
Wallaby grass is a cool season perennial grass which grows naturally in the temperate areas of eastern and south western Australia. It grows on clay loam to light sandy soils. Wallaby grass has above average tolerance to high temperatures. While predominantly a cool season grass, Wallaby grass will usually stay green during the summer months. Wallaby grasses are tolerant of cold and frost and will grow in shady situations.
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. Distribute the seed evenly 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 14 – 21 days 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.
At the early stages of establishment keep broad leaved weeds under control by hand weeding.
Allow the seedlings to thicken up before mowing. When they are well established keep the mowing height at a minimum 40mm for an Oxley lawn and 50mm for a Hume lawn.
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.