Why Grow Native Grass?
Native prairie historically grew over millions of acres from south-central Canada, through the Midwest, all the way to Mexico. But those grasses have been largely plowed under for agriculture. Today less than one percent of the original prairie remains. Wildlife that depend on prairies have declined as well including bison and quail.
- Locally adapted to the Delta’s climate so they need little maintenance once established
- After established, easily manage with haying, mowing, burning, or grazing
- No herbicide and little irrigation needed – saves money compared to row crops
- Long-lived perennials with deep roots that will grow and produce seed year after year
- Makes great hay for ground cover or feed stock
- Has great biofuel potential
- Provides habitat for wildlife like deer, quail, songbirds, and others
- Protects water and soil - reduces erosion, adds soil nutrients, acts as a buffer for streams
- Will not creep into cultivated fields
- A stand of native grass is attractive (popular with landscapers)