Soil erosion is a reality many people have to contend with. As the rains come down on sloping terrain, loose surface soil is taken down with the water. One way to address and control soil erosion is through the use of plants like Blue Grama grass.

What makes it a great choice for soil erosion control is that its dense, shallow root system holds down the soil it’s planted in, preventing soil from blowing away even during storms. Because the root structure is shallow, rainfall is quickly and easily absorbed.

Other characteristics of Blue Grama that makes it a great option for soil erosion is its tolerance to drought, heat, cold, temperature fluctuations, and soil variation. It also mixes well with Buffalograss. Maintenance is minimal and it is moderately durable. Blue Grama grass needs well drained soils to flourish and is unsuited to wet, poorly drained terrains. This makes it an ideal soil erosion control option for open plains, foothills, woodlands, and other dry arid climates.

Besides acting as an effective way to control soil erosion, Blue Grama grass is also an important forage species for all species of livestock and wildlife because of its high nutritional value. After curing, it still retains up to 50% of its nutritive value. It grows between 10–20 inches and has a fast maturation time of as short as 60–70 days.

These characteristics make Blue Grama a good grazing option for all sorts of livestock and wildlife. Growth usually does not occur until the onset of summer warmth and accompanying moisture. Under severe drought conditions, it goes dormant and will resume its growth cycle when conditions are favorable once again. It is suited for fall and winter grazing, maintaining a high nutritional value upon curing.

It is also an excellent choice for turf grass in low maintenance, un-mowed lawns. Proper management is needed to achieve good turf quality, but excessive irrigation and fertilization can lead to weed and cool season grass invasion.

If you are looking for a specific, native seed for your project, Bamert Seed has the seeds you are looking for. You can check out our plant library to see the seeds we have available, as well as technical data such as the mature height, seeds per pound, tolerance to different types of soils and climates, as well as values for wildlife and foraging. We offer over 200 species of high quality grasses, forbs, and legumes.
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A perennial mid-height grass found in a variety of habitats such as meadows, rocky slopes, and mountainous plateaus, Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) derives its name from the way its seeds grow on the sides of the stalk which makes it look like oats. This grass type has become a popular choice among growers because of its thin, long leaves that makes for excellent foraging for livestock and wildlife alike.

Sideoats Grama grass can tolerate drought and dry soils. It is a deep-rooted perennial, that produces high quality forage which makes it ideal for foraging. The grass type features zigzag stalks with evenly spaced spikes, and is commonly used as animal fodder material due to its medium protein content which is highly palatable for grazing animals. It is considered as nutritious forage for all classes of livestock, from elk and deer to birds and even wild turkey.

The tiny flowers of Sideoats Grama typically come in either orange or purple, but may also come in hues of orange or red. This prairie grass is able to withstand the full heat of the sun with little water and can even be grown as turf grass. This grass type is best cultivated in grass mixes for range and pasture seeding along with Blue Grama or Buffalograss to provide optimal erosion control. It is also recommended for earth fills and recreational plantings because it may be planted in dry to average soils that drain well. Additionally, it may be used for ornamental purposes because of its blue-green foliage.

Since Sideoats Grama grass can thrive in many kinds of soil and different climates, managing this grass type is easy as long as you know what season to use it in. While it is a tri-seasonal grass, it still grows best during the summer and fall, but its grass stays palatable for animals even in winter. This makes it a flexible range grass species. It is also well adapted to calcareous and moderately alkaline soils. Under favorable conditions, it can quickly restore eroded grasslands.

Bamert Seed offers high quality Sideoats Grama seeds you can use to plant forage for all classes of grazing livestock as well as wildlife. For any inquiries about this native grass seed and our other available options, feel free to contact us. We produce over 90% of our seeds right here on our farms, so you can be assured that our seeds are of the highest quality.

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