In Paul's Lawn Tips

During late spring – early summer, a common concern is seed heads popping up in your lawn

They typically grow from the green stem of a lawn leaf and the colour of the seeds can range from purple to brown to white.

If they are still appearing after a couple of weeks’ time and you have followed the recommended steps – it may be time to talk to an expert! Contact The Turf Farm office, via phone or email and we can assist you!

Are lawn seed heads a problem?

The majority of plants flower at least once a year. So, this is just Mother Nature taking its course as part of your lawn’s natural survival mechanism in response to change. In this case, sudden hot weather or lots of rain. If your lawn is only going to seed during these sudden changes, then you have nothing to worry about.

Most lawn varieties are now hybrids – producing a sterile offspring. Lawn seed heads on the DNA Certified Sir Walter Buffalo, Eureka Kikuyu, Nullarbor Couch, or newly developed lawn varieties are sterile. This means they will not spread into other areas of your garden and grow from the seeds.

Getting rid of seed heads

If your lawn is healthy, the seeding should stop after 2-3 weeks on average. If the seed heads continue to pop-up, it may be a sign that your lawn is stressed. This could be a result of a lack of nutrients – fertiliser or simply not enough water.  If so, then follow these steps:

  • Mowing

    Mow the tops of your lawn leaves every 5-10 days to remove the seed heads.

  • Watering

    Make sure that your lawn is receiving an adequate amount of water by checking the soil moisture. Also check that your watering system is working adequately.

    To check soil moisture, try the footprint test (see below).

  • Fertilising

    Fertilise your lawn – our online store has fertiliser for all lawn varieties

  • Top dressing

    Top dress your lawn with clean river sand – top dressing sand can be purchased from your local garden centre.

Once all these steps have been completed, your lawn seed heads will slowly vanish.

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  • Gayle Wright

    What is the best type of lawn to have a dog on it and next to plants

    • Turf Farm

      Hi Gayle,
      Thank you for sending through your comment.
      That is a very good question!
      The best lawn variety for your area is highly dependent on the amount of shade the plants in the area are giving off. How much of the area it is covering, how long the area is shaded, etc. If you are after something that is shade tolerant, you could consider the DNA Certified Sir Walter as it is 70% shade tolerant and thrives in full sun and has a moderate wear and tear tolerance.
      It is also dependent on how active your dog is in the area. If it is a high traffic area, you could consider the Eureka Kikuyu as it is a fast-self-repairer. However, the Eureka Kikuyu can only withstand four hours of shade, before it begins decline in growth rate. Please keep in mind that kikuyus can invade other areas such as garden beds.
      For more information please see our page on lawn varieties.
      Please give us a call on 08 8577 8826 and we would love to chat to you!

  • Anne Mcevoy

    What do you recommend to do about autumn leaves on lawn (Sir Walter)? They are mainly ash leaves and, with the rain, they have settled on the surface in a layer. Leave? Mulch? Rake?

    • Tracey Daniel

      Hi Anne
      Thank you for your question, it is a good one! What a beautiful time of year it is to see the autumn leaves fall. It is always best to remove the leaves from your lawn as the leaves will encourage disease and mold to grow. However, also most importantly your lawns leaves will not be able to receive sun which is needed for your lawn to photosynthesize and ultimately grow.

  • Aden

    Thanks for all the info on your site. Can you tell me What kind kind of grass is above at url

    • Turf Farm

      From the photo and by identifying the grass blade and seed head, it looks to be a Buffalo lawn. Buffalo grass varieties produce purple seed at this time of the year as a part of their natural flowering cycle. To get rid of them, all you need to do is mow them off and continue watering and fertilising. In time they will disappear. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask, or you can call and chat to us in the office on 8577 8826 😊

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