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 indigenous grass kwazulu natal

Melica racemosa growing on the road verge north of Durban KwaZulu-Natal

flower melica racemosa 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 durban kwazulu-natal rehabilitation

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 heads that have been collected for drying

chloris gayana seed after collection before cleaning

Chloris gayana seed after collection before cleaning

straw mulching of chloris gayana seed as used extensively abroad

Straw mulching of Chloris gayana seed which produces excellent results as used extensively abroad

chloris gayana seedlings coming through the straw mulch at 2 weeks after planting

Chloris gayana seedlings coming through the straw mulch at two weeks after planting

chloris gayana seedlings coming through the straw mulch at 3 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

Melinis nerviglumis growing Durban kwazulu natal

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 Durban kwazulu natal

Melinis nerviglumis flower in my own garden in Durban KwaZulu Natal

Brachiaria brizantha a very important indigenous grazing grass growing 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



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