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#3387982 - 10/04/13 05:41 PM Re: Establishing native warm season grasses. [Re: BSK]

Registered: 08/05/09
Posts: 53
Loc: cookeville,TN

The TWRA private lands biologist are excellent at est. Nwsg. They help plant more nwsg than anyone in the state. Your off to a good start by fall spaying fescue. Be patient because it will take one to two years before you get a good stand. The structure provided by the plants is what your looking for.
Side note. The twra private lands biologist are affected by the gov shutdown due to their offices are in federal buildings. So be patient because their phones and email don't work either right now.

#3409011 - 10/18/13 09:37 PM Re: Establishing native warm season grasses. [Re: BSK]
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Registered: 08/14/11
Posts: 63
Loc: TN

I have had success with nwsg establishment by spraying 1-2 quarts glyphosate in mid to late march spray the same rate a second time a day or so before you plant. Plant between April 15 and May 15. Rent or borrow a no-till drill that is designed to plant nwsg seed unless you by debearded seed or straight switchgrass which can be planted with any drill that has a small seed box. Do not exceed the recommended planting rate. A field with 30-60% grass with the remainder being blackberries and weeds is more beneficial than a stand of pure grass. Layout your fields so you can manage with fire, leaving a 20-30 ft strip around the edge that you can plant in an annual green crop like oats, wheat, (that you can disk under) or a good clean clover strip can provide a perennial green fire line. If you are in an area where burning is not an option, plant to the woods edge and add any food strips out in the field. The transition from the woods to the food is softened with the tall grass.
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