ARARAT - Fairy grass proved a problem in the Green Hill Lake area around Christmas, with mounds of the grass banking up against fences, and the grass is still evident albeit in smaller amounts.
Fairy Grass or Common Blown-grass (Lachnagrostis filiformis) is a native plant in Australia which can be found in extensive areas of dry lake beds in western Victoria.
The piles found up against fences and buildings are actually the plants' detached seed heads.
Fairy Grass tends to germinate as soon as moisture conditions and temperature are suitable, generally emerging in June to August and producing seed heads between November and February.
Fairy Grass establishes its presence from seed blown in from significant distances away and germinates in exposed soil. In the second year of a lake bed being dry it rapidly spreads across bare surfaces.