LM grass, also known as Durban grass, coat grass and sweet smother grass, is indigenous to South Africa, found predominantly on the KZN coast and Mozambique. It forms a dense, dark green lawn under ideal growing conditions. LM grass performs well in full sun, as well as in shady and semi-shade conditions. This grass has a creeping growth habit but it’s not as invasive as Kikuyu.
LM grass is will tolerate heat and can recover from drought and heat stress through its creeping growth habit.
Transplanting LM instant lawn
LM grass works well for home lawns, office parks, rough areas on golf courses, and shaded areas. When transplanting your grass, start by killing off and removing existing grass, making sure you get to the underground runners as well.
Once the grass is 4 cm long, mow it at about 4 cm, generally once a week. Do not mow the lawn in frosty areas during winter to avoid exposing the upper leave growth to frost, causing cold damage.
LM grass does well with an irrigation system. If water is scarce the grass will go dormant and brown and die after an extended period of drought. So, despite it being relatively drought tolerant when it matures, it needs regular watering until the root system is established.
As a creeping grass LM can be used to cover bare patches.
- Bright green in colour
- Coarse leaf texture
- Poor tolerance of drought and cold (high water usage)
- Good tolerance of shade
- Suits a wide range of soil types
- Fast establishment rate
- Fair wearability
- Frost Sensitive
Purchase now - LM is a tropical grass and if not well established before winter it can die back completely.
Availability: End of September
LM grass from Evergreen Turf
Get in touch with us today to chat about getting LM grass for your garden or field. It’s available from the end of September and can be collected from Pretoria.
Before planting, soil should be moistened to a depth of 15cm. Dig the area over thoroughly, to a depth of at least 15cm. The area must be leveled carefully as it is very difficult to correct levels after the grass has been laid.
Handling of Instant Lawn
Although the sods are well knitted together, careful handling is desirable. Do not leave sod in sun for long periods. For best results, Warm Season Grasses should be laid within 12 hours of delivery.
Watering Maintenance for Establishment Phase
Water immediately after planting, sufficiently to moisten the soil to a depth of 11 – 20mm. In hot months every day, in the morning and afternoon for 2 weeks or until the grass is established.
In cool months, every day, mornings only for 2 weeks or until the grass are established.NB: Do not water later than 2pm so that the grass can dry off before night falls. Although adequate watering is very important, over watering and “puddling” must be avoided. Different types of soil must be taken into consideration
Since Warm Season grass grows most actively in Spring & Summer, this is when it needs to be fertilized most. It is beneficial to scarify warm season lawns first in spring when an application of 5:1:5 can be introduced onto the roots at 50g / m². Lawns do best when fertilized "little and often”. Grass growing in sandy soil needs to be fertilize more often than that growing in a clay soil, since the nutrients leach out far more readily in the first instance.
Conventional or controlled (slow) release fertilizer can be used. General fertilization recommendation as follows:
- Spring: 5:1:5 applied @ 50g/m² (beginning of Aug & end Sept)
- Summer: 5:1:5 or LAN controlled release 50g/m² (Mid Nov, end Dec & end Jan)
- Autumn: 5:1:5 controlled release 50g/m² (beginning of March & end of April)
- Winter: No fertilizer is necessary while the grass is dormant.
When to Establish
- Instant Lawn: All year round
- Spriggs: Preferably do not sprigg in winter months on the Highveld
- Instant Lawn: All year round
When to Mow
As soon as the sod is firmly secured to the ground, mowing can begin by removing no more than ⅓ of the leaf length. For further information on mowing heights, please refer to the maintenance section.