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Native Grasses

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

Native Grasses
Native Grasses are some of the few grasses that are indigenous to North America and are gaining in popularity -- especially in the coastal, mountain, and great plains regions. Due to their rather tough qualities, native grasses can grow well in regions that commonly require drought tolerance, extreme warm and cold temperature fluctuations, and high winds. They also provide protection against good soil erosion on beach dunes and roadsides with little, if any need for mowing (depending on your needs). For people who have homes on the beach, in the arid great plains, or in the mountains, Native Grasses can offer a relatively maintenance free lawn that gives a kind of "wild" look to it. For those of you in drought stricken or water restricted areas, these grasses can also help provide you with ground cover that once established, tends to require very little water.

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Obviously you can now see why these grasses are becoming popular. However, it is important to keep in mind that these grasses are usually grown long in length and do not usually give the nicely "groomed" appearance that other common lawn grasses typically provide. Additionally, the seed can be a bit more expensive then conventional grass seed. So make sure you do your homework before you buy.

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About the Author
Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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