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Planting Native Grasses Is Rewarding Because They multiply and Reseed

 

Planting native grasses isn’t just a great way to enhance the appearance of your landscaping design. It can also be a great way to cut costs, from your water bill to how much material you buy for the purposes of maintaining your property. These plants vary across regions and ecological zones, and come in a variety of heights and girths that you can utilize to inexpensively landscape your yard. While you’ll want to conduct a bit of research on your own to determine which grasses will suite your growing zone best, plants such as feather or bunch grasses are beautiful year round in many locales. The best time to plant for most species is early spring or fall seasons. Native grasses also works well around garden fountains, near ponds and when planted in naturescapes where you want a native look in landscaping. These type plants are easy to grow, can with stand drought and excessive dampness and also they reseed themselves and multiply, eventually filling up a large area with the same species planted. It's also advisable to plant to stop unwanted weeds from growing. Planting native species of grasses are well worth the time and effort. Although, they are not in seeds form but in bare root plugs, when planted they will develop a much firmer foundation than the seeds does. Top species are the appalachian sedge, carex pennsylvanica and the prairie clover. Most types of grass sewn in yards today are the run of the mill standard varieties. when you choose to plant tis type grass your not only going to have a lawn unlike every other neighbor but you will have a unique landscape that's totally you.

 
 

Modern lawns are known as “true deserts” to many horticultural and botanical experts

 

 This is because they often consist of a single species of plant, uniform in height, and lacking in forage or concealment for beneficial fauna. What they do attract are many insect species that we consider pests, which can then migrate to other planting beds and feast on flowers or vegetables. However, when you plant native grasses, they come with immunities to native predators. They can often give the same beauty as a traditional lawn, with added benefits. Planting a variety of these species often also helps you create a multi-layered tapestry of ecological niches for fauna that will also help keep the pests at bay.

 

Native Grasses Are Used In Many Upscale Landscapes Around Water


 
In ecological zones that are naturally predisposed to a wide variety of grasses, such as the Great Plains where vast expanses of these species still exist, bunch grasses that can grow up to three feet tall are quite popular. In more exposed regions, such as these and the deserts of the Southwest, native grasses also offer protection and shelter to a plenitude of lovely birds and small mammals.  They also attract birds, fee fish and provide a nice hideaway for small rabbits, raccoons and beavers. When planted along side rivers edges they also provide a place for fish to breed and bed.