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Orchard Grass - 100 Plugs

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Orchard Grass

Orchard grass is an excellent alternative to foxtail fescue or common timothy. Orchard grass is known for its drought tolerance and ability to grow in wet and dry conditions. Since this grass can be grown under a wide range of soil conditions, it is a versatile option – especially when grazing animals are involved. As the name suggests, this grass has a sweet and nutty flavor, making it more enticing to hungry livestock.

Orchard Grass is native to North America. It is grown in Europe and Asia as livestock feed and for erosion control. The USDA Hardiness Zone map indicates that Orchard Grass is hardy throughout most of the United States except for parts of Florida, southern Texas, southern California, and southern Arizona (9-11).

What Are the Other Names for Orchard Grass?

Orchard grass has several other names that you may hear regarding lawn care. These include:

  • Dactylis Glomerata
  • Cocksfoot grass
  • Forage grass
  • Perennial pasture

The Orchard Grass Tulip Is Easy To Love

Choosing the right location for your garden is essential when growing orchard grass. Orchard grass requires full sun and well-drained soil. While it can tolerate some shade, it will grow best in full sun. It also needs plenty of water during its growing season, usually spring through early fall.

Orchard grass can be grown from seeds or seedlings

In warmer climates, they should germinate within two weeks of planting. Once they've reached 8 inches tall, thin them so that there are 10 inches between each plant; if you're planting seedlings, dig holes 18 inches apart and 12 inches deep with a trowel or shovel; plant each seedling at least 6 inches deep and water thoroughly after planting.

The Lovely Appearance of the Orchard Grass

Orchard grass is a bunch-type grass with smooth leaves that have an overall blue-green appearance. The leaf blade is flat, comprehensive, and up to 3 feet (0.9 m) long with a smooth surface. The inflorescence is a panicle of spikelets arranged in two rows along the stem; each spikelet contains one to several flowers or florets. Depending on the variety, each panicle may be either open or dense in appearance. Orchard grass varieties vary significantly in coloration from light green to yellowish green and even purple hues.

Considering how easy this grass is to maintain, this will be an excellent choice if you are looking for an attractive alternative to traditional lawns that do not require much work.