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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Plant prairie grasses NOW to cut your water bill and attract birds

Yes - plant now!  First let's be clear about what I mean by the term "grass"; there are over 500 species of grass, and I'm NOT talking about lawn grasses such as Bermuda, St.Augustine and a few others. I'm talking about mostly native prairie grasses, sometimes called ornamental grasses.

The vast majority of these grasses grow well in poor soil, don't require much water, need full sun, don't need to be mowed weekly, never need fertilizer and will attract birds quite well.

The response to "WHY?" is easily explained by this chart. The roots go much deeper; to gather stray bits of water and nutrients, getting away from the sun's heat, and providing a safe place for birds on even the hottest Texas day.

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