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Native Grass Establishment 101

This first video will take you through five steps to successfuly planning and establishing native grasses. Click the play button to watch the entire video (33:31), or watch individual clips by clicking a link below.

  1. Selecting a Site to Plant Native Grasses: What to Look For (3:30)
  2. Advanced Weed Control (2:50)
  3. Conventional Seedbeds (0:40)
  4. Which Species of Native Grasses Should I Plant? (0:26)
  5. Timing & Seeding Rates (0:40)
  6. Understanding “Pure Live Seed” and How to Calculate It (3:54)

  1. The Planting Process: Thatch, Seeding Depth, Drilling vs. Sowing, Seed-soil Contact, Equipment (4:47)
  2. Other Issues: Herbicide Application at Planting, Fertilizers, and Seed Dormancy) (2:32)

Post Planting
  1. Seedling Development: Germination Rate, Tillering— Implications for Drought Resiliency, Winter Survival, and Herbicide Tolerance (4:04)
  2. Weed Control After Planting— the Seedling Year: Thresholds for Control, Clipping, Herbicide Options, Grazing (3:37)
  3. Seedling Density: How Much is Enough? (2:25)

Conclusion (2:14)

Other Resources
  1. Seed Vendors List (updated June 2018)

  2. Establishing Native Warm-season Grasses for Livestock Forage in the Mid-South
  3. Species to use
  4. Native Warm-season Grass Species and Cultivars (courtesy, Progressive Forage Grower)
  5. How much do I need?
  6. Site selection
  7. Conventional seedbeds
  8. Dormant-season seeding
  9. Establishment
  10. Establishing Native Grass Forages (courtesy, Progressive Forage Grower)
  11. Advanced competition control
  12. Natural reseeding
  13. Cost share
  14. Native Grass Establishment: Site Selection and Advanced Weed Control
  15. Overview--Why natives, why not natives, establishment changes
  16. Native Warm-season Grasses: Basic Establishment Principles
  17. Native Grass Forage Workshop: Establishment

Have questions about the videos you watched? Email Dr. Keyser for more information.