We often get asked if you can grow Sir Walter DNA Certified buffalo from seed. This week we take a look at the answer and find out which varieties can and can’t be grown from seed.
Sir Walter from Seed
We often get asked if it is possible to grow Sir Walter grass from seed. While we wish you could, it isn’t possible. Sir Walter isn’t the only grass this is true of, most warm season and drought tolerant varieties cannot be grown this way.
Sir Walter produces male seeds that are sterile meaning even turf farms have to grow it from stolons (runners). Similarly neither TifTuf Bermuda nor Sir Grange zoysia can be grown from seed. All three of these varieties can only be grown from either stolons or full slabs.
How do you grow Sir Walter on a farm?
Since it is not possible to grow Sir Walter and other warm season grasses from seed, on the farm paddocks have to be planted out with stolons or runners.
To do this full slabs of turf are fed into a row planter where they are chopped up and imbedded into the soil. A roller then comes through and rolls the area helping ensure the sprigs are imbedded in the soil. The area is then irrigated and fertilised and the stolons spread as they grow eventually filling in the entire paddock.
What varieties can be grown from seed?
If you want to grow grasses from seed you can try rye, blue grass or fescue. They are all cool weather grasses though and don’t usually do well in our local climate because of the heat. They can be used to over-sow warm-season grasses in cooler months ensuring a year round luscious lawn.
There are some couch blends available from hardware stores. These blends contain a percentage of couch seeds and a cover crop. The cover crop will grow first allowing the couch to slowly come in. This is a slow process and the cover crop can struggle in our climate.
To get more information on how we grow Sir Walter on the farm or to order a new lawn call our team on (07) 3114 8230. You can also to pop in and order in person at our sales office on 1/243 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge. The office opens Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm and Saturday 7am to 12pm.
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