We now offer native warm season grass (NWSG) plugs grown using the same rapid mast system we use on our highly productive and easy to establish tree seedlings. NWSG’s can also be established by planting seeds, but using our large plugs can save time and money for applications such as logging decks, screening cover, native landscaping, hiding your favorite ground blind, combating erosion problems near streams, ditches or levees, or simply because you want to raise them yourself and scatter seed collected from these starter plugs. NWSG’s can be slow to establish from seed, but with a generous root system already in place and some competition control, our plugs can grow to large sizes and produce ample seed in its first year. For more detailed information on establishment and management techniques for your NWSG plugs, give us a call or email.
Big bluestem- Andropogon gerardi ‘Kaw’
Big bluestem is often the first species that comes to mind when referring to native warm season grasses. Its clumping nature, and heavy yields of both above and below-ground biomass make “big blue” a common inclusion in native grass plantings across the country. The seed heads appear atop 4-6 foot stalks can be identified by their resemblance to a turkey’s foot. If you are interested in establishing some native grasses to your property, but don’t want to buy a bag of seed, consider trying our oversized, air-pruned plugs. With proper management, these plugs will produce their own seed that can be scattered by hand or via mother nature to increase the population of this wonderful habitat component. The ‘Kaw’ selection of big blue is a popular choice for states from Kansas and south, but is known to adapt the locations further north.
Switchgrass- Panicum virgatum ‘Alamo’
Switchgrass has seen a rise in popularity due to its ability to produce huge amounts of biomass that can be easily transformed into bio-fuels, but we prefer to leave it standing for its ability to hold huge amounts of whitetails on our properties. If your property is missing a “holding tank,” in the form of super thick cover for deer, then you may want to consider converting some openings to switchgrass or a mix of native warm season grasses. Like all panic grasses, the seed heads produce palatable seeds preferred by birds and other wildlife. Clumps or rows of switchgrass can also be planted as human cover to block views to a roadside field, or can be planted to provide undetected access to a deer stand. Its perennial nature means it will come back every year, so once established you won’t have to re-plant the same areas. The variety ‘alamo’ is a bottomland type of switchgrass from Texas that in trials has produced taller, thicker stands than others.
Indiangrass- Sorghastrum nutans ‘Cheyenne’
Indiangrass is a perennial native warm-season grass with that obtains heights of 4-8 feet at its peak. The clumps of blue tinged grass send up large seed heads that turn a really nice amber color at maturity. Like the other native warm season grasses, indiangrass is becoming more and more popular as a low maintenance accent for flowerbeds and such. We raise our native grasses with the same methods as our trees, so you can be assured they will easily transplant and thrive whether incorporated into your front yard or along the edge of an opening at your property. Aside from its good looks, indiangrass provides habitat for a wide range of species including insects, deer, songbirds, quail, rabbits, and turkeys.