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Dichondra Seed

Dichondra Seed (Dichondra Repens) produces a warm season, perennial ground cover that can be used in lieu of traditional lawn grass, to showcase areas of your landscaping or as a groundcover in hard to mow areas of your landscape. It has broad, almost circular leaves and when mown low establishes a thick dense carpet look.

In its massed effect, Dichondra has the appearance of clover, and the resulting thick sod is usually 1.5 - 2 inches high. Dichondra is surprisingly tolerant as far as various types of soil are concerned, and has proved to be successful in both the sun and shade.

Dichondra repens is considered an herb that is used in many ground cover situations where a lawn grass alternative is desired or where traditional grass may not grow well. It has a bright green color, forms a carpet like mat with a luxurious deep cushiony feel underfoot. Dichondra repens, also known as kidney Weed, has long been used in Chinese medicine for it's antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties.

Dichondra Benefits & Characteristics

  • Adapted to Warmer climates but will retain green color during winter temperatures of 20° -- May suffer frost damage at lower temperature
  • Grows well in full sun to partial shade
  • Will tolerate light foot traffic
  • Retains bright green color year round in areas of adaptation
  • Will tolerate temperatures down to 20° F
  • Tolerates many different soil types -- needs good drainage
  • Spreads by underground runners (rhizomes) & self seeds
  • Low Growing to a max height of 1.5 to 2 inches
  • Lower growth habit in full sun requiring little if any mowing - Will grow higher in shady conditions and may need mowing to prevent 'straggly' appearance
  • If mowing is required or desired it is not as frequent as lawn grass
  • Dichondra is highly resistant to most lawn type diseases
  • Excellent grass alternative for lawns
  • Dichondra will bloom during the growing season -- see picture below
Dichondra Seed

Dichondra SeedDichondra is really something special as an alternative to traditional lawn grass. It can turn your yard into a beautiful and unique showplace. Dichondra's rich, lush green year-around color and velvety texture are the perfect complement to any home.

Dichondra fits well for less than full-lawn situations too. It is a good choice for replacement grass in areas difficult to mow, such as between stepping stones, around trees, draping over walls and foundations.... use your imagination!

Planting Dichondra Seed

Find here the general instructions for planting Dichondra seed. If you wish to establish a Dichondra Lawn then please see detailed planting information for Dichondra Lawns.

Soil Type:
Dichondra can be grown in full sun or in partial shade and on soils that are sandy or heavy, as long as the soil has good drainage.

Temperature Range:
Dichondra is best adapted to those areas that have warm climates. Dichondra will retain its green color during the winter to temperatures as low as 20 - 25 degrees with only slight leaf browning.

When Dichondra is grown in it's native environment, it is highly resistant to diseases. Beautiful in landscaping areas of no maintenance where adapted, and does not need to be mown. When used in lawn situations it can be mown for an even, smooth finish. It needs well draining soils and deep watering, not shallow wateriness. It should begin to get a wilted look when it needs watering.

Adaptation: Hotter and dryer areas. Areas of little traffic is the best, it has very low wear ability.

Preparation: This should be planted on a thoroughly prepared seedbed and weed free in the beginning. Dichondra is very hard to remove weeds from and this step should be taken in the beginning. Fully pack the soil and lightly rake the surface and evenly spread the seed, evenly watering afterward.

Seeding: One pound per 300 square feet or 3 lbs per 1000 feet.

Usage: As a lawn grass alternative and in low maintenance areas. Dichondra may also be planted for erosion control in sloped areas as well for naturalized areas among other plantings.

Watering: Needs a lot of water on a deep and infrequent basis and needs to slightly dry out between watering. Too little watering results in problems if the soil is too heavy (clay types) and the water is too alkaline which in this case results in salt burn.

Fertilization : 1/2 to 1 pound / 1000 SF about every 2 months. Try soil organic soil amendments before planting and compost mulching after planting -- rather than chemical fertilizer.

Mowing: May be mowed - Mow 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches depending upon traffic and shade.

Weakness: Alternaria fungus (result of over watering), flea beetles and cutworms.

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