What considerations go into rehabilitating land back to native grasses?

May 15, 2018 – More neighborhoods are incorporating native grasses to their landscapes—but it’s not as easy as one might think. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) May 15 Soils Matter blog outlines the necessary conditions to rehabilitate land back to native grasses.

Blog author James Hartsig recommends starting with healthy topsoil. “Topsoil contains organic matter, plant available nutrients, and geochemical complexes that allow for better moisture retention,” he says. “These properties aid in the germination of native grass seeds and decrease the need for fertilizers and amendments.”

Planting in the right season—either early spring or mid-autumn, depending on the species—is also important. These seasons offer the right soil temperature and moisture levels to spur germination.

And the payoff? “The more diverse the vegetative community, the healthier the ecosystem will be for that area. Vegetation diversity creates habitats for a wide variation of soil biology, beneficial insects, and other wildlife species,” Hartsig writes.

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