Rehabilitation using Local Indigenous Grasses
It would appear that very little is known about collecting seed of our local indigenous grasses, drying seed of our local indigenous grasses, cleaning seed of our local indigenous grasses and the best methods for growing our local indigenous grasses. I have been very fortunate to know and to have worked together with some of those who do have extensive knowledge in the rehabilitation of ecosystems with local indigenous grasses from whom i have learned a lot.
Melica racemosa growing on the road verge north of Durban KwaZulu-Natal
Close up of the flower of the local indigenous grass Melica racemosa growing in my garden in Durban KwaZulu-Natal
Rhodes Grass Chloris gayana
Photos taken during the evaluation of best methods for the collection of the seed of Chloris gayana, the drying of the seed as well as the cleaning and planting of the seed. It is most important to be able to recognise the seed to insure it has not already fallen before collecting otherwise one may only be harvesting seed heads that are devoid of seed that can very easily happen with many grass species if they ae collected by persons without knowledge of the anatomy of the grass seed head.
The method shown below was a no till sowing of seed mixed with fertiliser, growth promoting substances, sticker and compost that was covered with a thin layer of straw mulch
local indigenous grass Chloris gayana growing in my garden in Durban KwaZulu-Natal
Chloris gayana seed heads that have been collected for drying
Chloris gayana seed after collection before cleaning
Straw mulching of Chloris gayana seed which produces excellent results as used extensively abroad
Chloris gayana seedlings coming through the straw mulch at two weeks after planting
Chloris gayana seedlings coming through the straw mulch at three weeks after planting showing the excellent results that can be obtained with this method of no till establishment of our local indigenous grasses
Growing Melinis nerviglumis one of our decorative indigenous grasses that is used in landscape design in many countries around the world growing in my garden in Durban KwaZulu Natal
Melinis nerviglumis flower in my own garden in Durban KwaZulu Natal
The flower of Signal Grass Brachiaria brizantha one of our local indigenous grasses which is a very important grazing grass in particular in Brazil where more that 60 million hektares of parsture are planted which is growing in my garden in Durban KwaZulu Natal