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Durban grass/Coast grass/Natal crowfoot/Sweet Smother grass.LM grass is indigenous to South Africa. Found predominantly on the Natal coast and Mozambique. It is a stoloniferous perennial which forms a dense sward and is dark green under ideal growing conditions. It is fairly broad leaved and its leave margins have a twisted appearance. It performs very well in shady and semi shade conditions. LM grass also performs well in full sun. This grass has a creeping growth habit but is far less invasive than kikuyu.LM grass is relatively heat tolerant and can recover from drought and heat stress by means of its creeping growth habit.LM grass is well suited to home lawns, office parks, rough areas on golf courses and shade areas. It should not be mown shorter than 30mm in full sun and 50mm in full shade. In frosty areas the grass should not be mown during winter. It avoids cold damage by exposing the upper leave growth to frost.
Spring and summer in frosty areas. In frost free areas, all year round, other than the coldest times of the year
Shade and semi-shade
Only Spring and SummerRemove existing grass if the area is in full sun and other grasses were growing there before, it is important to get rid of them properly before establishing a new lawn. The underground runners of creeping grasses can be very persistent so you can’t simply dig it out.It is best to spray the existing grass with a non-selective weed killer.Soil preparation
Sowing the seed
Covering the seed
Keep the area moist at all times for the first two weeks. By then the seed will have germinated and watering frequency should be reduced. You may need to water more than once a day. Avoid puddles.
1/3 rd RULE – Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time.
Although this is a relatively drought tolerant grass at maturity, it still needs regular watering during establishment. Irrigation can be reduced once the root system is established.
Slow release formulations are recommended, as lawns do best when fertilised little and often.
Pests and Diseases
Healthy, actively growing lawn is less susceptible to diseases and insects so don’t skimp on fertilising (you can’t avoid regular mowing!)
Good air flow reduces humidity and helps to avoid disease. Don’t over water or underwater – both cause stress to all grasses.
Aerating and Top Dressing
Top dressing: Do not top dress.