Don’t wait for native grasses to grow, let us grow it for you!

Published 22nd October 2021. Written by Maddison O’Brien

Spring and Summer awakens a plethora of grass species, growing quickly with all the rain we’ve had. Intermixed with exotic species, you will hopefully observe some resilient native grasses, evolved over millions of years for Australian conditions. How’s your grass ID skills? Can you spot the native grasses in this photograph?

There are about 1,000 native grass species in Australia! They are well adapted to a harsh, varying climate and the low-fertility soils of our landscape. They play an essential part in maintaining ecosystem health and are primarily perennials, lying dormant and then responding when it rains or the seasons change. With deep roots, native grasses protect and enhance soil, feeding soil life and holding it all together, resisting the erosive power of the elements. There’s no denying that Aussie grasses have a part to play in increasing our landscape resilience and biodiversity.

It just so happens that Watershed Landcare has an extraordinary offer that will allow landholders to fast track native grass recruitment on their patch. The Growing Recovery project is your one-way ticket to reaping the benefits of having Kangaroo Grass, Poa Tussock, Lomandra, Barbed Wire Grass and plenty more other remarkable and unique native plants on your property. Head to the Growing Recovery page to find out more about how you can get up to 120 tube stock for free! You heard it, right folks! There are only a few spots left for this project, and orders close Monday, 1st November. Don’t wait for the grass to grow! Go and place your order today! The Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery project has been supported by the Australian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Program for Wildlife and their Habitat.

Native grasses can make great additions to your farm ecosystems and some look quite dramatic in a garden setting too!

Local landholders who are interested in native grasses may want to fine-tune their grass ID skills. Our accomplished volunteers and resident botanists have created an easy-to-understand video series to help you grasp the basics of grass identification. Increasing your knowledge of native grasses and grass ID can be handy as a landholder, so we recommend you check it out.

Don’t forget, the Watershed Landcare Nursery is open for business and has a great selection of trees, flowering plants and all sorts of things in-between that will look stunning in your garden and grow outstandingly well in the paddock. So, think of us and support local for your Spring planting projects! All orders are placed through the website.

We’re so excited to hold events again and have lots of interesting things planned for 2022. We hope to see you at a farm walk, workshop, or field day very soon! Happy Landcaring!