Outstanding bright green colour with minimal fertiliser
Soft waxy leaves provide a non-itching surface
Grows in full sun or part shade with minimum of 4 hours sun
Easily edged and non-invasive to garden beds
Requires little fertiliser
Can be maintained with poor quality water sources
Tolerates high salt environments
Grows in clay or sandy soils
Grows in a wide range of soils from pH 4 to 9.5
Summer mowing height 10 - 12mm every 10 - 14 days
Winter mowing height 18 - 30mm every 4 - 6 weeks
Priced per square metre our Velvetene is a luxuriously textured soft, dense leaf lawn, a stunning bright pea green colour, with an attractive shiny leaf to give that 'Wow factor'. Produced right here in Perth, Western Australia as a superior soft leaf lawn for Australia's harsh climate and varied soil conditions.
A unique benefit is to control weed infestations with a strong salty solution spray, making it environmentally and family friendly.
Velvetene makes an ideal family play area in the home garden and is used on golf courses from tee to green, tennis courts, bowling greens, and parks throughout Australia.
Thought to originate in South Africa, the parent ‘Saltene’ from which Velvetene was selected, is related to the ‘halophyte’ type plants and as such will grow naturally in poorly drained clay soils, whether excessively wet, salty or somewhat dry providing the soil is not anaerobic and will grow vigorously in salty beach sand or calcareous soils.
Irrigation & Salt Tolerance
Irrigation water to establish Velvetene from stolons should not exceed 11,000PPM salinity. Established turf will have no visible effect irrigated at 15,000 PPM. Occasional drenching with seawater is not adverse to Velvetene. Use of variable quality water resources on site specific soil types requires various changes in management strategies to deal with highly saline situations.
Is Velvetene Drought Tolerant?
Aesthetically pleasing turf surfaces during summer dry spells can be maintained with irrigation regimes as low as 60% Epan. Effective grass cover can be achieved with as little as 20% Epan however leaf colour and texture is a stippled green and brown with the surface a little brittle as a significant part of available moisture is stored in the rhizome.
Velvetene is more easily mown than the Bermudas with a mowing height generally between 8mm - 15mm and at frequencies 7 -14 days apart with summer temperatures of 25 - 40 degrees celcius. With intensive grooming at 3mm, the surface of Velvetene will become very fine and dense as a putting green.
Without mowing Velvetene will generally grow to a height of 75 - 100mm with seed heads slightly highter. Vevletene Paspalum will withstand sever scalping back at any one time up until 6 weeks prior to winter dormancy. Any later than this the grass will not fully recover leaf until the early spring following winter dormancy. If required, severe renovations are best carried out within three months post dormancy with light verti-cutting as and when required at any other time.
If not intensively managed, there is no requirement for fertliser. However, it responds quickly to fertilizer when used resulting in excessive growth at high rates. Apply around 25kg/ha/month N in the growing season on sands with less on heavier soils. Velvetene responds well to iron.
Current herbicides available are generally not labeled specifically for seashore paspalum with reference made to ‘turf’ only. Always test for herbicide sensitivity if effects are unknown. Contact the team at Superior Lawns in Perth for a complete list of effective weed control products for your Velvetene.