Landscaping With Native Grasses Is Quick, Easy & Low Maintenance
Everyone is busy, busy, working these days and few have the means to hire a gardener to care for their landscaping. But, virtually everyone yearns for a beautiful environment beyond their doors and windows.
Native grasses are the perfect solution. These sturdy plants have spent thousands of years adapting to their various environmental challenges; climate, soil type, varying rainfall and more. Once established, they require very little water, no fertilizer, and no pesticides. They are free of disease and long-lived, thriving for decades. Give them about six hours of sunlight a day and a reasonably decent soil, and they will be perfectly happy. They will grow into dense clumps, crowding out weeds, but will never become invasive as will many non-native round covers. They will quickly establish themselves and save time as well as money since they never need mowing and only minimal mulching.
As if all this weren't enough, native grasses will also add beauty to your landscaping. There are grasses of many different widths, heights, colors, and textures, adding great variety to the garden bed. The breezes of spring and summer will set them swaying gracefully. Winter will bring out a different side, with the dried blades and seed heads lending structure and texture to the landscaping. Another advantage to the native grasses is the fact that they attract many pollinators as well as other wildlife to the yard. Birds love the seed heads in winter and the drooping foliage in summer to hide their nests, and they're young from predators. Many caterpillars feed on these grasses as they prepare for their metamorphosis into butterflies. Add a few native nectar-producing perennials in among your grasses, and the butterflies will flock to your garden as well, to say nothing of hummingbirds.
Determine your planting zone and which grasses are native to your area and get started on your wildlife refuge today.