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NATIVE WARM SEASON GRASSES

NWSGs are a group of mostly perennial grasses which reach their maximum production during the summer months (growth begins once soil temperatures reach 55° – 60° F). Most NWSGs are “bunch grasses” (grow in clumps) and are drought tolerant.

 

NWSGs have multiple uses and benefits. Some of their primary uses include: conservation (wildlife) cover, grazing, haying and reducing soil erosion.

 

There are many wildlife benefits to NWSGs but the two main benefits are:

  • The bunch grass structure provides an open understory allowing for easy wildlife movement while still providing overhead cover.
  • They are extremely stiff-stemmed thus can withstand heavy loads of snow.

 

Native Warm Season Grasses Guide

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