Nurse Crops/Erosion Control | Native Grass Seed | Ohio Prairie
Nurse Crops/Erosion Control | Native Grass Seed | Ohio Prairie
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Nurse Crops/ReGreen™ (Seed)

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Nurse crops are plants that are planted with your native seed mix and can sometimes provide benefits to your planting. Establishment time for perennial species varies between species. Early successional or pioneer species may mature in the first year while more conservative species can take several years to mature. When planting perennials, there is a variable period of time that it takes for the seed to germinate and the plant to establish. This time is influenced by the season that you plant, the weather conditions of that particular season, and other variables. In some cases, it is acceptable to wait while the native species germinate and establish, in others there may be a need for things to germinate and turn green in a more predictable timeframe. This can be particularly important in terms of erosion control or soil stabilization, or simply as an aesthetic benefit. This is where nurse crops can be used. In addition to quicker germination, the nurse crop can also provide better environment for the natives to germinate and establish underneath.

Ohio Prairie Nursery recommends using ReGreen™ as a nurse crop for your plantings. This plant was developed specifically for native seed and works well under marginal growing conditions. Click on the link to learn more about this product.

Avena sativa - Common Oats
NEW! Common Oats is an annual nurse crop that can be used with native seed to help reduce erosion and reduce weed pressure.
Lolium multiflorum - Annual Rye Grass
NEW! Annual Rye Grass is an annual nurse crop that can be used used with native seed to help reduce erosion and reduce weed pressure.
Secale cereale - Winter Rye
NEW! Winter Rye is an annual nurse crop that can be used with native seed to help reduce erosion and reduce weed pressure.
Regreen™
Regreen™ is a sterile short lived perennial hybrid cross between annual Wheat and Western Wheat Grass. It germinates very quickly and has a robust root system to aid in erosion control applications. ReGreen was developed as a nurse crop for native species and is now the preferred option.
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