- Latin Name-Orchard Hardy Zone- 3-9 Mature Height-1-3ft Sun Or Shade- Full Sun
Orchard Grass - Dactylis glomerata.
Orchard grass is a highly productive cool-season perennial grass that is shade-tolerant and easy to establish. It can reach 18 inches in height, or up to 28 inches with irrigation, and is a versatile, high-quality grass that can provide excellent grazing for livestock. It produces seeds during its initial spring growth, followed by summer growth of soft leaves, palatable to farm animals. A low-maintenance groundcover, orchard grass is useful for controlling erosion due to its dense network of roots. Hardy in Zones 3-7, it prefers clay, loamy, or acidic soil that drains well.
Orchard Grass is adaptable. Orchard Grass is a clump of tall growing grass that can grow in the colder seasons of fall and winter. It is one that can tolerate shade and tolerate drought conditions. This grass has been recorded on the books of growing in the US before the 1700’s. It is a fast grower and matures in the early spring. It cannot tolerate and grow in wet areas, and soil like other native grasses, but the roots love to stay moist to develop to its fullest. The Orchard grass looks very similar to grass. Orchard Grass is drought resistant and can tolerate heat pretty well. This grass can be groomed, cut or mowed to your height. The orchard grass can be grown with alfalfa or clover for maximum production. It can grow up to 4 inches tall and is a fast grower. It cannot be called another plant because it has a look of its own. In Europe, it's called cocksfoot. Orchard Grass will look good in a natural area and is easy to grow. Orchard Grass can adapt to different soil types. Orchard grass will add a natural look to a lawn or garden. It can be cut just like grass and pruned down so that it blends it with other grass or they can grow standing alone. Orchard grass can make a lawn or good food for horses, cows, and even turkey. It can be taken care of for around two years if it is properly taken care of.