Spring is the best time to sow lawn grass seed.
This season Dactyloctenium australe, the well-known and ever popular LM or Berea grass, is available in seed packets on the local market. This indigenous lawn grass spreads by means of stolons or runners, forming a lush green carpet in sun and shade. It has been planted for decades by means of runners or plugs. Being able to sow large areas of Berea grass lawn by seed is going to be a major benefit to gardeners and landscapers. It is simple and easy to sow and only 3 g of seed is required to cover 1 m2.
What you need
Garden fork, metal rake, lawn dressing, super phosphate, balanced fertiliser, garden spade or roller, fine sand, garden hose, sprinkler
Where does Dactyloctenium australe grow best?
•It grows best in sun or shade in the warm sub-tropical regions. It also grows in colder climates, although winter frosts can be damaging. It recovers rapidly in spring when the weather warms up.
•Dactyloctenium australe prefers rich, loamy soils. It grows in sandy soils if sufficient water is applied during dry periods.
Once the seed has germinated and the grass is about 60 mm tall, mow it for the first time with your mower on the highest setting (about 40 mm). Continue mowing once or twice a week depending on the selected height. The suggested height is 30 mm for sunny positions and 50 mm for shaded areas. Water the grass regularly while it is establishing itself. It can tolerate dry periods once established, but may turn brown during protracted periods of insufficient water. Feed your lawn with a slow release fertiliser four times per year.