Monthly Archives: April 2013

Add some flair to your design with YALBA™

Add some flair to your design with YALBA™ 

Imperata cylindrica ‘ICL200’ PBR

YALBA is extremely tough and an incredibly beautiful Australian native ornamental grass.

Who’d have thought a grass could look so glamorous? Yalba’s fluffy plumes really are an eye catching feature for any landscape and can show for up to five months at a time (usually from April to August). Don’t be fooled though, this plant is much tougher than its fluffiness lets on.

Yalba is a dense, fast spreading grass and is much more compact than common Imperata grasses, with longer lasting and more prolific flowers. Another great feature is its reddish foliage in autumn and winter, with green foliage in the warmer months.

With its ability to out-compete weeds, Yalba is perfect for roadsides, median strips and large landscape areas, has excellent drought and frost tolerance, and tolerates poor soils.

Yalba is so competitive in an area that it out-competes Couch, Kikuyu, and most other weeds. You only need to mow it once each year or two after it is established and that’s it!

If any plant could ever be called bullet proof, I’d say Yalba is it. It’s also perfect for slopes and for erosion control as it strengthens the soil 5.45 times compared to bare soil.

With roadsides becoming difficult to maintain, a plant like this that can be mown any time of the year is just what the doctor ordered. Slash yearly, or every second year, and that’s it! …read more

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Studies prove Nara™ Native Turf is ideal for Australian landscapes

Studies prove Nara™ Native Turf is ideal for Australian landscapes

Zoysia macrantha 'MAC03' PBR, Nara Native Turf - Australian Native Turf

Landscape professionals are switching over to Nara™ Native Turf which is a beautiful form of Zoysia macrantha. Nara behaves like the typical lawn with the added benefits of being an Australian native and a low maintenance lawn.

Department of Primary Industries research1 proves Nara is a highly salt tolerant grass which makes it ideal for use in coastal situations.

In another study done by the Department of Primary Industries2 they discovered Zoysia macrantha is more drought tolerant than Buffalo and Couch.

According to other studies, in general Zoysia is resistant to army worms3 and many other bugs. This makes Nara (a type of Zoysia) a safer lawn choice for Australian Landscapes.

Australian and USA comparison trials have shown Nara has better winter colour than other comparator Zoysia types and that due to Nara’s much speedier growth rate4 it has better recovery from wear.

A big problem with Australian Buffalo lawns is they are easily invaded by Kikuyu grass and other hard to remove weeds. Being a Zoysia, Nara can be treated with herbicides to remove these weeds, by spraying the whole area a couple of times.

We recommend having a professional herbicide contractor apply these appropriate broad spectrum chemicals. You can’t do this with Buffalo, so instead what’s needed is to paint Glyphosate (Round-Up) very carefully on the blades of invading Kikuyu. This is a very difficult thing to do, and whole suburbs are finding Buffalo lawns being overtaken with Kikuyu.

What makes Nara highly resistant to wear and extremely drought tolerant is its deep vigorous Rhizomes yet its fine leaf is soft, and a favourite for children to play on. It comes in slightly behind Buffalo where shade is concerned and is a lot more shade tolerant than Couch and Kikuyu.

It has been successfully installed in many homes, parks, roadsides and other landscapes around Australia, both near the coast and a long way inland.

Landscape architects, designers, councils and golf courses often prefer to use native plants and now with Nara they have a native turf that performs to accompany them. This is the first time that going native for turf has really been an option in Australia.

Here are a few testimonials:

“My experience with Nara has found it to be …read more