The Grass is Always Greener

Published on May 11, 2012 by in Garden Blog, Grasses

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The Grass is Always Greener

I am a big advocate of reducing grass square footage in suburbs all over Texas; it takes an insane amount of water and care to keep it happy. So…when sitting down to write this I thought why not give a little background on turf; from what it meant more than a hundred years ago to […]

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Pine Muhly

Published on May 27, 2010 by in Grasses, Grasses/Succulents

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pinemuhly

Texas Native: Texas Height: 1-3′ Spread: 1-3′ Light: Sun Evergreen Drought Tolerance: Very low Maintenance: n/a Nicely shaped grass; stiff needles; seed source

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Gulf Muhly

Published on May 27, 2010 by in Grasses, Grasses/Succulents

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gulfmuhly

Pink feathery seed heads Texas Native: Texas Height: 2-2.5′ Spread: 2-3′ Light: Sun/part shade Deciduous Seasonal Interest: Fall Drought Tolerance: Low to medium Maintenance: Cut back in January Wispy seed heads make great fall color, especially when backlit

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Deer Muhly

Published on May 27, 2010 by in Grasses, Grasses/Succulents

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deermuhly

Feathery seed heads Texas Native: Texas Height: 1-1.5′ Spread: 1-1.5′ Deciduous Seasonal Interest: Fall Drought Tolerance: Low Maintenance: Cut back in January Wispy seed heads make great fall color, especially when backlit

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Big Muhly

Published on May 27, 2010 by in Grasses, Grasses/Succulents

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bigmuhly

Feathery seed heads Texas Native: Edwards Plateau Height: 3-4′ Spread: 3-4′ Light: Sun Deciduous Seasonal Interest: Fall Drought Tolerance: Low to medium Maintenance: Rake or cut back in January Clumping blue-green grass; smaller alternative to pampas grass; feather-like blooms in fall

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Bamboo Muhly

Published on May 27, 2010 by in Grasses, Grasses/Succulents

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bamboomuhly

Fine textured seed stalks Height: 4-5′ Spread: 4-5′ Light: Sun/part shade Deciduous Seasonal Interest: Late summer to winter Drought Tolerance: Low Maintenance: Cutting back in January is optional Silver-green, lance-like foliage; attractive mounding shape if pruned; hardy but stems brittle; bloom stalks turn attractive straw color in winter

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mexwiregrass

Cream seed heads Texas Native: Texas Height: 1-2′ Spread: 1-2.5′ Light: Sun/part shade Semi-evergreen Seasonal Interest: Spring to early summer Drought Tolerance: Low Maintenance: Cutting back optional Soft, elegant weeping form; feathery seed head; very drought tolerant; reseeds; effective individually or in masses; do not plant near preserves

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Little Bluestem

Published on May 27, 2010 by in Grasses, Grasses/Succulents

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lilbluestem

White seed tufts Texas Native: Blackland Prairie & Edwards Plateau Height: 3-4′ Spread: 1-1.5′ Light: Sun Deciduous Seasonal Interest: Fall Drought Tolerance: Low Maintenance: Cutting back optional Prairie plant appropriate in mass plantings; reseeds; more appropriate in meadow, prairie or wetland; larval host plant for several Skipper butterflies

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Inland Sea Oats

Published on May 27, 2010 by in Grasses, Grasses/Succulents

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inlandseaoats

Ivory seeds Texas Native: Blackland Prairie & Edwards Plateau Height: 2-4′ Spread: 3-6+’ Light: Part sun/shade Deciduous Seasonal Interest: Summer and fall Drought Tolerance: Low to medium Maintenance: Cut back to 4″ height in January Graceful, drooping wheat-like seed heads; spreads freely; appropriate for woodland; good understory plant; prefers moist areas

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Dwarf Fountain Grass

Published on May 27, 2010 by in Grasses, Grasses/Succulents

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dwarffountain

White seed heads Height: 2.5-3′ Spread: 2.5-3′ Light: Sun Deciduous Seasonal Interest: Fall Drought Tolerance: Medium Maintenance: Cut back to 8″ in January Needs moisture in dry periods; may not be cold hardy; Purple Fountain Grass is larger with burgundy foliage and plumes; can be aggressive – do not plant near preserves

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