Outdoor Landscaping With Native Grasses
Native grasses provide food, nesting materials or cover for wildlife. Because they’re also beautiful plants that thrive with minimal care, more and more people across the country are turning to these originals when landscaping gardens. There are several ways landscaping with these grasses. Here are some of them. Loosen the soil in the planting area with a shovel to the depth of 12 inches. Remove weeds and rocks from the soil. Most native grasses do not need special amendments added to the soil. If the soil is fertile enough to grow weeds, it can grow native grass. Install tall varieties of native ornamental grasses at the back of the area. If the location is like an island, viewable from all sides, place the tall grass in the center. Plant shorter clumps of contrasting grass in front of the tall varieties. Plant the grass plugs so that they form clumps rather than just one single plug spaced out at a distance. Clumps of the same variety look more natural. Place shorter varieties in front of the medium-tall ones to blend the height into the normal level of the lawn.
Water the soil once the grasses are in the ground. Most native grasses are easy to care for and do not require fertilizing. Cut the previous year’s growth back in the early spring to make room for new spring growth. Divide large clumps of grass every three years so that the grass does not suffer from overcrowding.