A clump or two of native grass is an ideal back-up food source for when you go on vacation, or any other time when your feeder might be empty. (I’m talking about prairie grasses, not lawns) There are many kinds of ornamental native prairie grasses to choose from such as little bluestem, sideoats grama, Lindheimer muhly, Indian grass, eastern gamagrass - heights from 4 inches to 7 feet. Texas has more than 100 species. These native prairie grasses are almost maintenance free, and all kinds of birds will magically flock to them.
In north Texas, between late September and early February is the best time to plant them. There’s no fertilizer or special soil amendments necessary- just plant them in our miserable native Texas soil, and water thoroughly once. After that, there's no need to water the native varieties ever again (unless we have a really severe, extended drought). There's no need to prune, mow, or divide ever again either, unless you do so to reduce fire danger, or share the grass with friends (although cutting the clump back to 3-4 inches every January helps it green up faster).