Pollinator Week – 2016

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“Nature is to be found in her entirety nowhere more than in her smallest creatures.” — Pliny the Elder

Pollinator Week began in 2007 upon the Senate’s unanimous decision to designate a week of June as “National Pollinator Week”.  This marked the beginning of advancing awareness of all pollinating species.  Pollinating species such as: bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, and others are vital to our nation’s well-being by pollinating the flowers of plants that produce food, fiber, feed, and fuel.

In celebration of Pollinator Week, we are offering FREE SHIPPING on our pollinator blends: American Magic Wildflower Mix and Bird and Butterfly Wildflower Mix.

Purple Pollen

The photo above is Purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea).  The purple parts of the plant are the petals of the flowers. The pollen of Purple prairie clover is orange, and is the male parts of the flower.  The structures that create and present the pollen are called stamens.  Pollinating species are attracted to the flower by its bright color and sweet nectar.  As the pollinating species search the flower for nectar they are come in contact with the pollen; the pollen can either attach to the pollinator or can simply be knocked loose from the stamen.  As the pollinator moves about the flower they transfer the pollen from the stamens to the pistil.  The pistil is the female part of the plant.  When the pollen (male) and is placed in or on the pistil (female) fertilization occurs.  Upon fertilization the flower will begin to produce a fruit.  We knows these fruits as vegetables, fruits, or seeds.


Switchgrass, a perennial warm season grass that is central to the North American tallgrass prairie, is commonly grown by farmers for foraging and livestock purposes. In the last few years, there has also been a growing interest in using switchgrass as an energy crop.

Researchers have begun to recognize the importance of switchgrass as a viable biomass crop for the production of ethanol, on top of its soil conservation and game cover qualities. From the usage of sawdust and woodchips for biofuel, research and initiatives are now looking to tap into cellulosic ethanol, specifically from switchgrass, because of its multi-purpose potential.

Corn-based ethanol, which is the traditional choice, only produces roughly the same amount of energy required to raise it, which makes it a costly energy crop especially when weather conditions and overall plant management are less than ideal. Compared with corn, the energy that switchgrass is able to produce is significantly more relative to the energy needed to produce it.

For every acre of land planted with switchgrass seed, it is estimated to yield 500 gallons of ethanol. Switchgrass, which is a perennial and doesn’t have to be replanted every year, can be harvested multiple times throughout the growing season depending on growing conditions. As a cash crop, it can be cut or grazed for forage early in the season then harvested for biofuel later in the season.

Generally speaking, switchgrass is able to adapt to a variety of soils and growing conditions but is most productive on sandy to clay loam soils. It grows quickly, with its roots being able to reach deeply into the soil for water—which helps prevent soil erosion during the winter—and it can stand as high as 10 feet, possessing thick and strong stems full of converted solar energy.

If you’re looking for high quality switchgrass seed for sale, call us here at Bamert Seed Company. 90% of the seeds we sell are produced on our farms; therefore, one can rest assured that strict quality control measures are in place.

For inquiries on our switchgrass seed or other native grass seed, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-262-9892. You may also visit our Plant Library on our website for more information on switchgrass, or read our How to Guide to learn more about how to plant native seeds.


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.


Using high quality and environmentally sustainable native grass seed improves the physical, biological and chemical composition of the soil. This is important as we are faced with needing to revitalize our soil to continue producing for a growing population, with a decreasing agricultural land availalblity.

The nutrients found in soil are vital for creating a sustainable system of farming. From planting to production to harvest, each phase is critical and no more important than the other. Each stage must be carried out properly and must be treated as a supportive contingency plan in moving on to the next stage of the cycle. When it comes to planting, using Bamert grass seed and native plants can reduce the environmental impact you produce as these high quality seeds are viable and have high yielding potential.

Other characteristics of our native grass seed that make them distinct and superior from the rest are their color, the fullness or plumpness of each seed, and how whole each seed is. None of them are broken or damaged and we ensure every seed variety’s quality is industry standard. The 90% of the grass seeds we provide are produced in our own farms so you can be assured of quality products.

Seed cleanliness, free from weeds and other inert materials such as stones also make them high quality. Seed purity, meaning that seeds are genetically pure and free from admixtures, while containing the right amount of moisture, is also a characteristic that can help lessen the need for replanting, as well as ensure more uniformity, and early growth of the seeds and increased resistance to insects and plant-diseases.

To obtain high quality native grass seed, call us at Bamert Seed Company, where our offerings of over 200 species of native grass, forbs and legumes have been selected from the regional USDA Plant Material Centers for their soil and climate adaptation characteristics. We offer Blue Grama, Buffalograss, Big Bluestem, and many more. Our trained staff will be happy to accommodate you and answer your inquiries regarding our services and products.

You can also visit our Plant Library to find out more about our different blends, grass species, forbs species, and woody species.


Finding the right plants for your desert landscaping needs can be tedious. Some people would think that living in places with arid climate gives limited selection of plants, and that most are colorless and dull. Blue Grama grass can be the perfect plant for your lawn, whether it is for a sprawl of land on your backyard or simply an ornamental plant amidst your desert landscape design. This type of grass, given its shallow stems and attractive seed heads, will definitely give your garden a beautiful twist.

Mostly known as one of the best forage grass types, Blue Grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis) is a plant that thrives in areas that are dry and prone to droughts. Using Blue Grama grass allows your desert landscape design to be reminiscent of open plains that will give your garden a wider and bigger look with a softer texture given that there will only be a few plants in it. Blue Grama grass is versatile and can survive even in sand or clay foundations. It does not require excessive irrigation and fertilization, thus promoting water conservation and fewer expenses on fertilizer and water bills.

In desert landscaping, succulents are the most famous kind of plant when it comes to ornamental use as it gives a bit of color and geometrical beauty to the garden. But for those looking for a more minimalistic desert landscape design, including the Blue Grama grass seed into your growing desert landscape provides just that. It also allows for a very low-maintenance garden that can firmly hold on to soil, stopping it from being blown away by winds. Blue Grama is best planted together with Buffalograss or wildflowers.

Keep in mind that different plants have different care and maintenance requirements. Given that Blue Grama is a low maintenance grass type, all you need to do is keep it at around 1.5 to 3 inches high for your lawn. If left unmowed, your Blue Grama can grow to around 10 to 15 inches. Besides this, you only need to look out for weed invasion, especially if you over-irrigate or over-fertilize your stand. In such cases, preemergent herbicides made for Buffalograss will work to clean your turf. Avoid phenoxy-based herbicides as these can harm Blue Grama.

To use Blue Grama grass as an ornamental plant, it can be placed and scattered around your desert landscape to give soft accents here and there to contrast the sharp and geometrical edges of the domineering succulents around your garden.

Looking for Blue Grama grass seed for sale? Get in touch with us today and allow us to help you learn more about growing Blue Grama.