Spring 2012 hit us early and fast. We’ve been doing winter cleanup, bed prep and spring planting all at the same time. And, in the midst of all that, we’ve been eagerly watching our “prairie” on this first year of no mow to see what’s out there. The good news is …
We have several stands of healthy happy buffalo grass. We’re hoping that with no mowing, it’ll quickly outgrow any pesky non-natives. And for those more insistent undesirables — well, I’m happy to sit on a bucket and handpull anyone who doesn’t belong. (I’m looking at you, dandelions and crabgrass.)
It turns out that grasses can be hard to ID, and few patches have left us scratching our heads.
One unknown becomes known
Thanks to the magic of the Internet, we did identify one grass this week!
To keep or not to keep?
Rescue grass seems to have been introduced into the U.S. from South America in the early 1800s. Some sources list it as “native,” some say it’s been “naturalized” into our prairies … other sources label it a weedy invasive.
What should we do? Keep it or hand remove? Our “rule” has been to remove anything that’s not native to North American prairies, so my inclination is to pull out the rescue grass. But I’m just not sure.
One thing’s for certain … buffalo grass is a keeper!
Next time … the challenge to ID continues