Pelletising many native grass seed species can be beneficial if traditional seeding equipment is to be used. There are some traps associated with pelletised seed though, for example 800 grams of Wallaby Grass florets can weigh as much as 36 kilograms once pelletised. That equates to 22.2 grams of Wallaby Grass florets per kilogram of pelletised seed, that's nearly 98% of clay per kilogram of pelletised seed! At our minimum recommended seeding rate of 20 kilograms of Wallaby Grass florets per hectare, it would require about 900 kilograms of pelletised seed! Currently the best place for seed pelletising is in Queensland and the freight costs to and from Queensland also adds to the cost of the seed and its carbon footprint, something most environmentally conscious customers try to avoid.
Most native grass seed has an awn, a long hair like structure that curls up when the seed is dry, and un-curls when the seed is wet. Most native grass seeds are also covered in hairs that are angled in one direction making them hard to remove from socks. Awns and hairs are adaptations for dispersal and planting themselves. The awn will manoeuvre the seed into cracks and crevices in the soil when it rains and the hairs will lodge the seed. Once pelletised, the seed loses these abilities and will solely rely on the soil being prepared very well.
We are happy to organise pelletised seed for clients based on the actual seeding rate if required.