Western Trails Native Grass Seed Mix
The Western Trails Native Grass Seed Mix, is a specially formulated blend of warm-season grasses that contains 12 of our very best and most beautiful Western native grass species. These native grasses hold the soil and protect it from erosion, filter the water that recharges our aquifers and provides habitat for songbirds and beneficial insects. Watch the graceful movement of prairie grasses in the wind and listen to the whisper of the breeze as it moves through them. Marvel at the incredible fall colors of yellow, orange, russet, purple, pink and red. Indeed, native grasses offer us nature at her finest.
Western Trails Native Grass Seed Mix is a carefully formulated blend that will bind and hold the soil. The mix is suitable for a wide variety of soil types in most climates in areas west of the Mississippi, at elevations of 3,000 to 7,500 feet and with rainfall amounts of 10-25” per year. (Not generally recommended for the western side of OR or WA, where rainfall amounts exceed the needs of these grasses.)
Western Trails Native Grass Seed Mix is a blend of warm-season grasses, which you can begin planting in mid- or late spring after night temperatures are consistently 50° F or warmer and the day temperatures are reaching even higher. You can sow this mix through summer into late summer/early fall (August/September) depending on your elevation. The grass species in the Western Trails mix need to be established 6 to 8 weeks before the start of freezing night temperatures. Sow at the rate of 2 lb. of seed mix per 1000 sq. ft. Wildflowers may be added for a splash of color; use 1 ounce of High Country Meadow Mix native wildflower seed mix or our Western Native Seed Mix for every 1 lb. of grass seed. Read our article with step-by-step planting instructions for Western Trails Native Grass Seed Mix
Seed Mix Includes: Blue grama, Hachita (Bouteloua gracilis) Little bluestem, (Schizachyrium scoparium) Indian Ricegrass, (Achnatherum hymenoides) Sideoats grama, El Reno (Bouteloua curtipendula) Galleta, Viva (Pleuraphis jamesii) Alkali sacaton, VNS (Sporobolus airoides) Western wheatgrass, Arriba (Pascopyrum smithii) Sand dropseed, VNS (Sporobolus cryptandrus) Buffalo grass, Texoka (Buchloe dactyloides) Sheep fescue, Covar (Festuca ovina) Green needlegrass, Lodorm (Nassella viridula) Perennial ryegrass, Linn (Lolium perenne) Nurse crop
HASU201 (1 Pound)
HASU205 (5 Pounds)
HASU210 (10 Pounds)
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Seed Life Cycle||Perennials|
|Coverage||1 lb - 500 sq. ft.5 lb - 2,500 sq. ft.10 lb - 5,000 sq. ft.|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30"|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil|
|Ideal Region||Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Storable||Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||Yes|
Grass Seed Step-by-Step Planting Instructions
1. Preparing the area for planting. We recommend leveling the planting area as much as possible to eliminate high or low spots. Till the soil if possible about 4-6 inches deep, as the soil should be loose and clump-free before planting. If your area is already somewhat bare and even, we recommend skipping the tilling process as it can promote new weed growth or unwanted grass growth. You can then add Plant Success Granular Mycorrhizal Root Inoculant to improve seed germination.
2. After your soil is prepared, apply the seed at the recommended rate. Planting rates vary depending on the size of the seed:Blue Grama Grass Hachita: seed 4 lbs covers 1000 square feet
No Mow Lawn Grass Seed: 5 lbs covers 1000 square feet; 10 lbs covers 2000 square feet
Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed: 5 lbs covers 500 square feet,10 lbs covers 1000 square feet.
To make sure you’re spreading the seed evenly, scatter 1/2 of the seed walking north to south and 1/2 of the seed walking east to west.
3. If you have poor soil, you could lightly apply an organic fertilizer after seeding, although this is not a necessary step for strong growth. We recommend using Yum Yum mix to amend your soil.
4. Many choose to cover their grass seed after planting, even though this is not necessary. If you do choose to cover your seed to help retain moisture and hold the seed in place, we recommend a maximum depth of 1/4”. You can cover the seed with topsoil, clean wheat or barley straw, or peat moss. Coated seeds such as Bermuda and Clover seeds should not be covered more than an 1/8” deep.
5. Water gently and regularly, keeping the seeds moist until they begin to sprout. This could mean watering more than once a day if you’re having a dry spell. Once the seeds sprout, water deeply and less frequently. This helps to ensure a deep rooted, healthy lawn or meadow.
6. Do not mow until your lawn is at the recommended height. For most grasses, this is about 3-6 weeks after planting, but could be longer depending on growing conditions. Remember to be gentle when mowing the first few times -- the seedlings will be somewhat tender.
7. After mowing several times, you can apply an organic fertilizer to promote strong growth, but this is not a necessary step.
Remember: It may take weeks or even a month for the seeds to grow.
View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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