Trugreen Lawn Care Explores Native Grasses
Very few people opt to have native grasses for their lawn. Even though these grasses are far easier to maintain because they are, as the name suggests, native to the area, many people don’t choose them because they don’t create the desirable, lush green lawn. That said, they are used significantly in reforestation and companies like Trugreen Lawn Care use them quite heavily in pond plantings. So what are the native grasses to Knoxville, and Tennessee as a whole?
Trugreen Lawn Care on Tennessee Native Grasses
There are two main native grasses to this area, andropogon being the first. This is a perennial grass that grows all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the short grass prairie region. It forms sod, is tufted, and has scaly, short rhizomes. It is also a tall grass and can reach as much as eight feet in height if no animals graze on it. It has a highly leafy base, and the stem also carries some leaves. It likes dry soil and should therefore be used in well to excessively well-drained soil. It also does well in soil that has low fertility, low pH, or shallow depth.
When planting andropogon, it should be left alone during its first season, as it needs that time to establish. However, in the second season, it can be hayed or pastured during harvest. However, it should be at least 20 inches tall before harvest and it should never be cut shorter than eight inches. Additionally, you should never crop the grass if you expect there to be frost within the next month. The problem with the andropogon is that its seedling plant is quite weak, particularly compared to cool season grasses and weeds. This is why it is important to look after it properly and protect it, particularly during the first season.
The second native to Tennessee grass is Carex lupuline. This is used mainly to restore wetlands in the state. It is found in wet areas, fen, swamps, and wooded areas. It is usually between eight inches and four feet in height and has a yellowy-green color. Often, the blades are bent. Between May and September, this grass actually bears fruit. It also has a spike-shaped leaf that is between one and five inches wide.
The stems of the Carex lupuline are photosynthetic. The leaves around the stem’s base reduce to sheaths. The plant can be quite robust, particularly if it comes from tropical wetlands. Other times, however, it is an annual plant, which is seen mainly in those that grow near streams. Aquatic versions also exist, and their stems tend to be submerged. From a biological perspective, their photosynthetic properties are absolutely fascinating.
The Chinese water chestnut plant is perhaps the most famous of all Carex lupulina types. Their rhizomes have tubers on them and you can actually eat those, either boiled or raw. This plant does also feed a lot of animals and birds in particular, completing the circle of life.