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  • For full details about establishing and caring for your native lawn please click here.

Prices

  • Please note that the higher cost of Microlaena seeds is not unrelated to higher quality but rather to how easy it is to collect and seperate the seeds from the chaff.
  • Both Bothriochloa and Rytidosperma are fluffy while Microlaena seeds are solid and the two different types of seed require different processes to seperate them from the chaff.
  • Microlaena seeds require a more labour intensive process which accouns for the higher cost of the seeds.

Seeds

  • Since both Bothriochloa and Rytidosperma are fluffy and easily dispersed during sowing by any breeze, they are coated with fertiliser to neutralise the fluff and make them heavier.
  • This makes them much easier for you to handle when sowing the seeds.
  • Microlaena seeds are not fluffy and are therefore not coated.

Sowing

  • The individual clumps of all 3 grass species grow quite wide so I would recommend that you sow the seeds sparingly.
  • The seeds will keep for several months and it is always handy to have some in reserve if any bare patches form in your lawn.
  • You will also notice that the seeds are not attractive to pidgeons, sparrows and other flying rats.

Free Seed

  • All 3 species will produce viable seed if you refrain from mowing them between September and December.
  • Once the seeds mature from January to March you can then mow your lawn and the grass clippings will contain the viable seeds.
  • You can then spread the grass clippings over new areas where you want to establish lawn or spread them over any bare patches in your existing lawn.
  • Bothriochloa and Rytidosperma seed heads becomes fluffy when the seeds are mature and the seeds will detach from the stalks with the lightest of touches.
  • Mature Microlaena seeds  will also detach from the stalks with the lightest of touces and change colour from green to creamy yellow.

Soil

  • Do not use garden soils that are or contain re-located sandy loam.
  • These soils are full of weed seeds and you may well introduce new and more problematic weed species into your garden, e.g. Paterson's Curse.
  • Garden soils consisting of good quality compost and sand are ideal however these are prone to becoming hydrophobic if they dry out, i.e. they become very difficult to re-wet with a hose or rainfall.
  • The only effective way to re-wet them is to use a liquid soil wetting agent like this one:
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent works just as well.

 


Austrodanthonia geniculata has fine grey green foliage and fluffy straw coloured seed heads, slightly taller than the ankle high foliage, in summer. It is ideal for areas with reasonable average rainfall and soil moisture levels. It is a cool season grass but will withstand hot dry summers quite happily as long as soil moisture levels are replensished by rainfall through the cooler months.

Mature unmowed height10 - 15cm
Mature clump width10 - 20cm
WateringOccasionally as needed
MowingOnce a month or not at all if you don't mind an English meadow like effect
Tolerance of wet feetSeasonal
SoilClay or loamy
AspectFull sun
FlowersSeptember - November
Seeds matureDecember - February
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Scientific name: Oxley' Rytidosperma geniculatum (syn Austrodanthonia geniculata)
Common name: Kneed Wallaby Grass
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Size: 1kg
Price$93.00
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Austrodanthonia geniculata has fine grey green foliage and fluffy straw coloured seed heads, slightly taller than the ankle high foliage, in summer. It is ideal for areas with reasonable average rainfall and soil moisture levels. It is a cool season grass but will withstand hot dry summers quite happily as long as soil moisture levels are replensished by rainfall through the cooler months.

Mature unmowed height10 - 15cm
Mature clump width10 - 20cm
WateringOccasionally as needed
MowingOnce a month or not at all if you don't mind an English meadow like effect
Tolerance of wet feetSeasonal
SoilClay or loamy
AspectFull sun
FlowersSeptember - November
Seeds matureDecember - February
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Scientific name: Oxley' Rytidosperma geniculatum (syn Austrodanthonia geniculata)
Common name: Kneed Wallaby Grass
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Size: 500g
Price$60.00
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Austrodanthonia geniculata has fine grey green foliage and fluffy straw coloured seed heads, slightly taller than the ankle high foliage, in summer. It is ideal for areas with reasonable average rainfall and soil moisture levels. It is a cool season grass but will withstand hot dry summers quite happily as long as soil moisture levels are replensished by rainfall through the cooler months.

Mature unmowed height10 - 15cm
Mature clump width10 - 20cm
WateringOccasionally as needed
MowingOnce a month or not at all if you don't mind an English meadow like effect
Tolerance of wet feetSeasonal
SoilClay or loamy
AspectFull sun
FlowersSeptember - November
Seeds matureDecember - February
DistributionRytidosperma_geniculata_.jpg


Scientific name: Oxley' Rytidosperma geniculatum (syn Austrodanthonia geniculata)
Common name: Kneed Wallaby Grass
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Size: 250g
Price$40.00
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Bothriochloa macra has slightly coarser green red foliage. The seed heads are prominent, growing to about knee high and well above the foliage. Its exceptionally deep root system makes this species very drought tolerant and ideal for areas with much lower rainfall where the other two species will struggle to remain green. It is a warm season grass and tends to develop a strong red tinge as it enters doramancy over winter.

Mature unmowed height10 - 15cm
Mature clump width10 - 30cm
WateringRarely if needed
MowingOnce a month unless you want to collect mature seeds over summer
Tolerance of wet feetSeasonal
SoilClay or loamy
AspectFull sun
FlowersSeptember - January
Seeds matureJanuary - February
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Scientific name: Bass' Bothrichloa macra
Common name: Red Leg Grass
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Size: 1kg
Price$71.00
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Bothriochloa macra has slightly coarser green red foliage. The seed heads are prominent, growing to about knee high and well above the foliage. Its exceptionally deep root system makes this species very drought tolerant and ideal for areas with much lower rainfall where the other two species will struggle to remain green. It is a warm season grass and tends to develop a strong red tinge as it enters doramancy over winter.

Mature unmowed height10 - 15cm
Mature clump width10 - 30cm
WateringRarely if needed
MowingOnce a month unless you want to collect mature seeds over summer
Tolerance of wet feetSeasonal
SoilClay or loamy
AspectFull sun
FlowersSeptember - January
Seeds matureJanuary - February
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Scientific name: Bass' Bothrichloa macra
Common name: Red Leg Grass
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Size: 500g
Price$49.00
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Bothriochloa macra has slightly coarser green red foliage. The seed heads are prominent, growing to about knee high and well above the foliage. Its exceptionally deep root system makes this species very drought tolerant and ideal for areas with much lower rainfall where the other two species will struggle to remain green. It is a warm season grass and tends to develop a strong red tinge as it enters doramancy over winter.

Mature unmowed height10 - 15cm
Mature clump width10 - 30cm
WateringRarely if needed
MowingOnce a month unless you want to collect mature seeds over summer
Tolerance of wet feetSeasonal
SoilClay or loamy
AspectFull sun
FlowersSeptember - January
Seeds matureJanuary - February
DistributionBothriochloa_macra_.jpg


Scientific name: Bass' Bothrichloa macra
Common name: Red Leg Grass
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Size: 250g
Price$32.00
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Bothriochloa macra has slightly coarser green red foliage. The seed heads are prominent, growing to about knee high and well above the foliage. Its exceptionally deep root system makes this species very drought tolerant and ideal for areas with much lower rainfall where the other two species will struggle to remain green. It is a warm season grass and tends to develop a strong red tinge as it enters doramancy over winter.

Mature unmowed height10 - 15cm
Mature clump width10 - 30cm
WateringRarely if needed
MowingOnce a month unless you want to collect mature seeds over summer
Tolerance of wet feetSeasonal
SoilClay or loamy
AspectFull sun
FlowersSeptember - January
Seeds matureJanuary - February
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Scientific name: Bass' Bothrichloa macra
Common name: Red Leg Grass
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Size: 100g
Price$27.00
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Microlaena stipoides has slightly coarser grey green foliage and fine weeping straw coloured seed heads, mixed in with the ankle high foliage, in summer. It is ideal for areas with reasonable average rainfall and soil moisture levels. It is a cool season grass but will withstand hot dry summers quite happily as long as soil moisture levels are replensished by rainfall through the cooler months. Microlaena stipoides also grows well in constantly shaded areas.

Mature unmowed height10 - 15cm
Mature clump width10 - 20cm
WateringOccasionally as needed
MowingOnce a month or not at all if you don't mind an English meadow like effect
Tolerance of wet feetSeasonal
SoilClay or loamy
AspectPartial shade to full sun
FlowersSeptember - January
Seeds matureJanuary - February
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Scientific name: Griffin' Microlaena stipoides
Common name: Weeping Grass
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Size: 1kg
Price$291.00
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Microlaena stipoides has slightly coarser grey green foliage and fine weeping straw coloured seed heads, mixed in with the ankle high foliage, in summer. It is ideal for areas with reasonable average rainfall and soil moisture levels. It is a cool season grass but will withstand hot dry summers quite happily as long as soil moisture levels are replensished by rainfall through the cooler months. Microlaena stipoides also grows well in constantly shaded areas.

Mature unmowed height10 - 15cm
Mature clump width10 - 20cm
WateringOccasionally as needed
MowingOnce a month or not at all if you don't mind an English meadow like effect
Tolerance of wet feetSeasonal
SoilClay or loamy
AspectPartial shade to full sun
FlowersSeptember - January
Seeds matureJanuary - February
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Scientific name: Griffin' Microlaena stipoides
Common name: Weeping Grass
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Size: 500g
Price$207.00
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Microlaena stipoides has slightly coarser grey green foliage and fine weeping straw coloured seed heads, mixed in with the ankle high foliage, in summer. It is ideal for areas with reasonable average rainfall and soil moisture levels. It is a cool season grass but will withstand hot dry summers quite happily as long as soil moisture levels are replensished by rainfall through the cooler months. Microlaena stipoides also grows well in constantly shaded areas.

Mature unmowed height10 - 15cm
Mature clump width10 - 20cm
WateringOccasionally as needed
MowingOnce a month or not at all if you don't mind an English meadow like effect
Tolerance of wet feetSeasonal
SoilClay or loamy
AspectPartial shade to full sun
FlowersSeptember - January
Seeds matureJanuary - February
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Scientific name: Griffin' Microlaena stipoides
Common name: Weeping Grass
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Size: 250g
Price$151.00
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Microlaena stipoides has slightly coarser grey green foliage and fine weeping straw coloured seed heads, mixed in with the ankle high foliage, in summer. It is ideal for areas with reasonable average rainfall and soil moisture levels. It is a cool season grass but will withstand hot dry summers quite happily as long as soil moisture levels are replensished by rainfall through the cooler months. Microlaena stipoides also grows well in constantly shaded areas.

Mature unmowed height10 - 15cm
Mature clump width10 - 20cm
WateringOccasionally as needed
MowingOnce a month or not at all if you don't mind an English meadow like effect
Tolerance of wet feetSeasonal
SoilClay or loamy
AspectPartial shade to full sun
FlowersSeptember - January
Seeds matureJanuary - February
DistributionMicrolaena_stipoides_.jpg


Scientific name: Griffin' Microlaena stipoides
Common name: Weeping Grass
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Size: 100g
Price$95.00
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