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Blacklands, Cross Timbers & Edwards Plateau 
Blackland Prairie Mix


Item #: 2800
Category: Native Seed Mixes
Habit: Annual & Perennial
Height: very diverse! some species short, some mid and a few tall
Planting Rates: 
d-pak covers 200 sq. ft.
10 lbs per acre
1 lb covers 4,300 sq. ft.

Price:  
1 DPAK - $9.00
1-9 LBS - $31.95/lb.
10-49 LBS - $30.95/lb.
50+ LBS - $29.95/lb.

SOIL TYPE

SUNLIGHT

Soil Moisture

Sand Loam Clay Caliche  Full  Partial Dappled Shade
 X    X    X        X                Medium 

Pick Weight Range

Qty:
             


Description

By 1900, the Blackland Prairie was mostly under cultivation, being recognized as one of the foremost cotton producing regions of the world. Many grand old Victorian homes in the cities and towns still exist as reminders of the fortunes made in those times. Cultivation was a catastrophic disruption of the prairie ecosystem. It was a common farmers’ joke to tell the story of an old Indian who, having seen a plowed field for the first time, said to the farmer, “Wrong side up.” The story was taken to be an illustration of the Indian’s ignorance, but in fact when the native grasses are turned under and the soil aerated, the organic matter decomposes faster. This creates a flush of nutrients available to cultivated crops, but when the crops are harvested, the nutrients are removed with the harvest, and the soil continues to be depleted year after year. Today’s dependence on chemical fertilizers is evidence that perhaps there was more wisdom in that old Indian’s statement than was recognized at the time.

Native prairie grasses are structurally quite different than exotic pasture grasses. For example, Texas' pasturelands are primarily planted to bermudagrass introduced from Africa. This exotic pasture grass creates a dense, tangled, matted turf. Native prairie grasses, by contrast, are typically bunch forming. This characteristic allows for systems of wildlife micro-trails to occur under the grass canopy by traveling around the clumps of the root bases.

Prairie birds such as quail and many small mammals rely on this structural type of prairie habitat for their basic patterns of reproduction and mobility. The over-story grass canopy provides protection from soaring hawks and other predators by keeping big portions of the micro-trails out of view. Nesting also occurs under this canopy or directly in the clumped bunchgrasses.

If you know of native remnants suitable for large-scale harvest, please advise. We appreciate your interest in our work.



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Contains:
  American Basketflower
  Annual Winecup
  Big Bluestem
  Black-eyed Susan
  Buffalograss
  Butterflyweed
  Cane Bluestem
  Clasping Coneflower
  Croton
  Cutleaf Daisy
  Eastern Gamagrass
  Foxglove
  Gayfeather
  Illinois Bundleflower
  Indian Blanket
  Indiangrass
  Lemon Mint
  Little Bluestem
  Maximilian Sunflower
  Partridge Pea
  Pink Evening Primrose
  Pitcher Sage
  Prairie Agalinis
  Plains Coreopsis
  Purple Prairie Clover
  Purpletop
  Prairie Verbena
  Prairie Wildrye
  Rattlesnake Master
  Showy Milkweed
  Sideoats Grama
  Spiderwort
  Standing Cypress
  Switchgrass
  Tall Goldenrod
  Texas Cupgrass
  Texas Yellow Star
  White Tridens
  Winecup
  Common Milkweed
  Swamp Milkweed
 

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