Nature & You: Native prairie grass can be a fun garden project
Native prairie grass can be a fun garden project
What is the definition of an optimist? One example would be that person who plants a tree while knowing full well it will be the children two generations removed who will enjoy the shade.
What is it that you are saying? Your druthers are to not wait that long, you say?
That being the case, I'd encourage you to buy a packet of native prairie grass seeds. Garden center stores hereabout most always have Little Bluestem prairie grass seeds available for purchase.
My experience has been that it does well as a container plant. Just be sure to afford it a plant pot that is large enough to accommodate the bountiful root system.
Now don't get me wrong; it is not my intention to mislead you into thinking that the mature Little Bluestem prairie plant is anything near in stature to a full-height shade tree. Native prairie grass is for the enjoyment that can be derived from just gazing upon it. The extra-special bonus is that, at year's end, you can look forward to an ample supply of home-grown seeds — enough for family and friends.
Best of all, this native prairie grass continues to live year after year. Little Bluestem is not a flash in the pan, but rather, is something you can enjoy for many years to come.
The gift that keeps on giving, so to speak.
Neil Garrison, NewsOK Contributor
Neil Garrison was the longtime naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature center.