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Dichondra Repens

Key Features:

Dichondra repens is an Australian native broadleaf herb that is an attractive and useful warm season perennial ground cover or lawn substitute that will grow readily in most climates.

It has a dense turf like thatch of glossy, deep green, small lilypad shaped leaves, stems that grows between 2 – 100mm in height and is soft underfoot.

It is often used as a living mulch or for planting under trees or other shaded areas where it may be difficult to establish grass. May also be used to plant
between pavers or garden steps due to its low maintenance requirements and light traffic tolerance.

It is a hardy, naturally compact ground cover which grows best in summer and can look thin and brown in winter. It grows well in full sun but is also suitable in areas of part shade. It is frost tolerant once established and hardy in most conditions. It generally requires little water once established but is only moderately drought hardy, so it requires regular irrigation over drought periods and Summer months.

Sowing Rate:

  • 10g/m2
  • 100g/10m2

Dichondra seeds can be sown even denser than the rates outlined above, however this is only necessary if you require quicker coverage.



Sowing Tips: It is not suitable for planting on sand, but prefers a loam or heavier soil. Sow seed at 10 g/m2 in a soft, well drained soil mix and very lightly rake to avoid burying the seed. Apply a Slow Release Starter Fertiliser before sowing. Ideally follow up by rolling to press the seed firmly into the surface.

Optimal Planting Time: Seed is best sown from September to December when daytime temperatures are above 20 degrees and night temperatures above 10 degrees. Summer sowing is possible with careful irrigation.

Germination: Seedlings emerge after 7-14 days in temperatures above 20 degrees

Weed Control: Dichondra is slow growing so weeds can compete with it. Use only herbicides labelled for use in dichondra for weed control. Do not use regular grass lawn herbicides. Hand weeding of broadleaf weeds is the most effective control. Pre and post emergence grass herbicides can be used.

Water: Lightly irrigate several times per day until emergence. Once emerged reduce the irrigation frequency to every second day, then twice per week.

Fertilising: Lawn fertiliser promotes disease in Dichondra Repens so keep fertiliser inputs low. For best appearance use a methylene urea in October, December and February. Organic fertilisers and other controlled release nitrogen fertilisers with a low burn potential can also be used.

Mowing: Requires infrequent mowing or no mowing at all. Care needs to be taken not to mow too low and remove too much foliage. Un-mowed it grows to 100-200 mm.

Seed & package details: 

Ideal Usage: 

Where can I sow this grass in Australia?  Areas: 4, 6, 7, 8, 9

Shade tolerance: Excellent

Daily Sunlight required: 4+ hours

Drought tolerance:  Weak

Frost Resistance: Very Good

Traffic Tolerance: Excellent



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  • Warm
  • Cool

Warm season grasses thrive during the warmer months in Spring and Summer and may go dormant in cooler climates through winter.

Cool season grasses thrive during the cooler months in Winter

Seed information

Shade tolerance (Weather)

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade
  • Heavy Shade
  • Full Shade

Drought tolerance (Weather)

  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Traffic tolerance (Weather)

  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Frost tolerance

  • Poor
  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Average days to germination

  • 2-3 Weeks
  • 2-4 Weeks
  • 3-4 Weeks

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Standard Delivery

Australia Wide (except Western Australia)

Flat rate of $9 (for orders under $50).
Orders are dispatched within 24 hours via regular Australia post (3-5 Business days).

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Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Kaye H.

I can’t believe how great quick service McKays’s are ! I ordered twice from them now so happy with the quick turnaround. I waiting for my dichondra to grow , we have had so much rain . I know they want disappoint.

Bronwyn A.
Didn't expect the success

I was dreading the long wait...if the seeds germinated at all. Well within one week I had green shoots everywhere and I couldn't believe my eyes. This product is terrific. I usually think the plant alternative is better than the seed option but in this case it's the seeds have proven 100% better in terms of coverage and speed of result. Thank you McKays.

Katherine B.
I haven’t received any seeds yet.

I’m surprised it’s taken so long v

David B.
Dichondra seeds

The seeds arrived quickly, well packaged, and as advertised.

Jenny N.

I had used Dichondra seeds from other company, barely had any results after 3 weeks!
But these seeds are incredible, it took 4 days to sprout and now after a week I can see leaves!

Ann M.
very satisfied

phoned & received very knowledgeable information, to see if it was suitable for my application before placing my order. Seed arrived in a good time frame. Planted and now waiting for it to sprout

Glenn C.
Great rapid service

Turnaround time from ordering to receiving very quick. Seeds are in the ground and now growing. What more could you ask for.

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