a better lawn?
you please tell me, if I let my browntop lawn seed heads grow, will
this natural seeding give me a better lawn?
(Agrostis tenuis) is a great grass for a quality lawn.
It establishes well and has a good tolerance for shade, drought
and wear. It is commonly used on golf greens and tolerates
Not being a turf expert
(although I do mow lawns...) I asked one of our horticulture lecturers,
Reg Lewthwaite. Reg recommended that we talk to John McLaughlin,
from Auckland City Parks Services.
John noted that browntop
flower spikes can reach 150 mm or more in height, and when in flower,
the base has a tendency to become very coarse (making cutting more
difficult). If you are happy to have a "flowering forest",
the resulting seed drop could provide a better lawn due to a greater
population of browntop.
However, this is quite
hit and miss, and browntop can have a tendency to be invaded by
perennial weeds, which would then require herbicide treatment.
You may like to experiment on a part of your lawn rather than the
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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