Category Archives: Native Grasses

Advantages of Using Native Plants in Gardens

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Our Australian native’s plants are greatly desired overseas, and it is any wonder, they are tough, reliable plants that work and look wonderful in many garden styles. In the past Australian native plants have often been thought of as untidy, but with breeders producing new cultivars, there is now tidier, even tougher Australian Native plants suitable for every garden.

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Nara™ Native Turf – Doing extremely well in the US

Nara™ Zoysia, an Australian Native Turf, is doing tremendously well in the USA, making real waves in the Southern US. Nara™ Zoysia is Australia’s first all-purpose native turf, that is low maintenance and easy to establish and is ideal for domestic, commercial and coastal plantings. Many people have a natural tendency to prefer native plants, now those same people can enjoy a native lawn.

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Pennstripe™ Pennisetum is a beautiful variegated native grass

Variegated plants are not everyones cup of tea but Pennstripe™ Pennisetum has subtle variegation for those who want something with interesting foliage that’s softer and not so bold.

Pennstripe™ Pennisetum alopecuroides 'PAV300' PBR

From a distance the compact Pennstripe™ Pennisetum provides great colour contrast. In early summer to Autumn the cream flower heads bring out the cream in it’s foliage.

Pennstripe™ Pennisetum is a non-evasive native grass that will attract birds and is well suited to roadsides, mass planting and low maintenance gardens because of it’s drought and frost tolerance.

Only growing 45cm by 45cm also makes it a great choice and even better, it suited to most soil types. Simply cut back once a year in late Winter or early Spring to get fresh new growth.

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Get The Green Edge With Nara Native Turf

Get The Green Edge With Nara Native Turf

It’s hard to believe that the girl shown here kicking her soccer ball in the backyard is playing on a locally developed Australian turf grass. This lush, green lawn is Nara™, a form of Zoysia macrantha. It was bred in Australia to cope with local conditions.

Girl Kicking A Soccer Ball on Grass

As well as coping with the hot dry summers, Nara™ is a lawn grass for garden owners who don’t have time to lavish on lawn care. Given a minimum amount of fertiliser, Nara™ survives and remains green without needing constant mowing. With a more frequent fertiliser regime and regular water, it becomes greener and lusher.

Nara™ has resistance to most lawn diseases and its strong, dense growth helps keep it weed free. If it does develop a problem, products used to treat pests, diseases and weeds in couch can be used safely on Nara™.
Nara is one of a couple of Zoysia turf grasses finding favour in Australia. Another variety is Empire, a form of the closely related Zoysia japonica.

Versatile lawn
According to Todd Layt from Ozbreed who bred Nara™, it responds well to different levels of care. “Nara™ really is versatile,” says Todd. “It grows in most areas in half shade or full sun, with drought or wet conditions and can be mowed short or long. ” “Indeed we find it requires less frequent mowing than most of the traditional lawn varieties, particularly through summer,” he adds.

Fertiliser regime
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Horrible weather in sydney!!! The View From Ozbreed Gardens Today – Thursday 17/10/2013

Horrible weather in sydney!!! The View From Ozbreed Gardens Today – Thursday 17/10/2013

Australia is a really tough place to live at times, and we live in shelter. Imagine with the severe drought, heat and high winds of late how hard it is for plants to live.

It’s important to choose tough drought tolerant plants. Many of Ozbreed’s plants fit this brief, but just remember in times like this if you have to establish them, they are going to need lots of water make it through the first part of their life. In conditions like these even drought tolerant native plants need top up water to remain healthy.

You have to feel for all the Landscapers, and gardeners trying to get plants and turf to take in these conditions. Months of no rain, wind and heat. If you are installing turf and plants don’t skimp on the irrigation for the first 2 months, and in conditions like these, maybe 3 to 4 months.

PS. Wishing good luck to all those people effected by the fires.

YALBA™ Imperata is a tough compact native grass with longer lasting feathery plumes

YALBA™ Imperata is a tough compact native grass with longer lasting feathery plumes

YALBA™ Imperata cylindrica 'ICL200' PBR

What can you say about this but wow. Not only is this Australian native grass gorgeous, but it’s as tough as nails. If you trim YALBA™ Imperata back at the right time, your landscape can have beautiful fluffy plumes for 4 to 5 months. The best time to trim is early March. Trimmed then, Yalba can be the real star of your landscape all winter.  YALBA™ with the botanical name Imperata cylindrical ‘ICL200’, is best planted as a monoculture, as it spreads and will dominate anything else planted with it.

All this makes it brilliant at suppressing weeds,  making large areas easy to look after. It usually gets up to 60cm high, which is much shorter than the common form, and grows, in just about any soil type including very poor soils. YALBA™ Imperata is super drought and frost tolerant, and Imperata cylindrical itself occurs in every state of Australia.

It’s foliage takes on a reddish tone in winter, which contrast brilliantly with the feathery plumes. It’s great on road sides, where it should be slashed once per year, in median strips, on slopes for erosion control, or for any large mass planted area for home or commercial landscapes. Maintenance of YALBA™ Imperata is really low and easy, provided you follow the care sheet.

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Nara Native Turf – Native Instant Lawn

Nara, a variety of Zoysia macrantha is the first and only general purpose native instant lawn in Australia, and this beautiful lawn I am sitting on is Nara.

Nara Native Turf - Drought Tolerant Turf  - Salt Tolerant Turf

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Native plants are so popular in Australian gardening because they are so drought tough, easy to care for, and are just so well adapted. Well Nara is a great addition for all those who prefer natives. But that’s not the only reason you would buy Nara native turf.  Nara has so many benefits its easy to see why so many people are now going native.

In drought studies, Zoysia macrantha was found to be more drought tolerant than Buffalo and Couch turf. Nara native turf also tolerates wet and humid conditions very well. Research proves it is far more salt tolerant than Couch, Kikuyu, Buffalo, and even all other types of Zoysia. It’s winter colour is better than exotic Zoysia types, and best of all Nara recovers well from wear damage, as it grows more quickly than all other Zoysia types. It is a low thatch variety of Zoysia meaning you can easily maintain it with any mower, and it will not get spongy on you, but best of all it needs far less mowing. Nara has moderate shade tolerance, coping with up to 40% shade.

The real appeal form Nara is in its beauty. When people first see it they can not believe it is a native lawn. People often say this looks so much better than other lawns.

Probably because it has a nice fine texture, and is such a pretty green colour. Carol from NSW said “The turf blends in to the surrounds very well. Being on acres, we didn’t want an artificial looking ‘turf’ as many of them are, rather something which blended in to the surrounding native grasses. Nara does the job very well.” Marlis form Queensland said “It has taken up so well. Very very hardy. Looks as green as everything. Very happy with its performance.” Marlies Bower, QLD

Nara Native turf has now been used on many large projects, and is proving easy to use. As with all Zoysia types it just cannot be planted in Winter in colder regions. In Queensland it seems warm enough to install all year round.

Now that Nara has proven itself to be a very reliable lawn, what are you waiting for? Go native.

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