The answer in a nutshell; is no. Sir Walter turf cannot be grown from seed and it’s not alone. Most drought tolerant varieties cannot be grown from seed.
Those that can be grown from seed tend to be cool season grass varieties such as rye, fescue and blue grass. These grasses usually fail as a home lawn in most parts of Australia as our climate is just too hot for them to thrive. Cooler varieties of turf are better left to the cooler parts of Europe and upper North America.
So why can Sir Walter not be grown from seed?
While Sir Walter grass plants do produce a seed, the seed is male, sterile and not economically viable to be grown from. Even the professional turf farms need to grow Sir Walter from a cutting. This variety of grass can only be grown from vegetative material such as turf or stolons (creeping horizontal plant stems or runners that take root at points along its length the form new grass plants).
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Sir Walter was designed in 1996 as a turf to withstand more disease, pests and fungi than other types of grass and it worked. In addition it was also drought resistant and shade and heat tolerate all while maintaining its colour throughout the year. After over 15 years, a lot of testing and installations of Sir Walter it continues to be the best suited lawn for Australian climates; even in extreme heat and humidity, under strict water restrictions, and attack from lawn pests and weeds Sir Walter turf has survived and thrived.
No need to seed
Many people use grass seed to repair bare patches in their existing lawn. Fortunately this practice is unlikely to be required with a Sir Walter lawn as this variety of grass is self-repairing. Implement good lawn care practices such as mowing, watering and fertilising and bare patches are not usual and if they do occur, bringing the soil pH level and nutrient levels in line will enable the lawn to regain optimum health and set about repairing the damage by its self.
Where can you get Sir Walter since you cannot grow it from seed?
With over 60 licensed growers throughout Australia you are bound to find a turf farm near you that grows Sir Walter Soft Leaf Buffalo. Anyone growing and selling Sir Walter turf requires a license to do so and strict quality control conditions are enforced to protect the quality of Sir Walter supplied. A certificate of authenticity should be supplied with each purchase of turf to ensure the premium grass supplied is genuine Sir Walter Turf.