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Cover Bald Spots In Grass and Live Stakes

Posted by Tammy Sons on

Plant Grass Plugs in Spots of Shade For Instant Coverage

Enjoy a lush, vibrant green carpet of grass with the use of grass plugs. Grass plugs are 2-4 inch plugs of sod that are planted into holes equally spaced throughout your yard. Plugs are round or square with soil at their roots and offer an affordable, convenient way to repair small sections of lawn that has died, to slowly revitalize your entire lawn, as an ornamental grass, or to add a meadow-like feel to open spaces. Grasses include Appalachian Sedge, Pennsylavncia Sedge, and Native Grasses and more.

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Appalachian Sedge

This grass is what is known as ornamental grass, because of its beautiful texture and slender, water-like motion. Add this grass to your yard for a hardy no-mow lawn for all seasons, including the winter, or as a lovely textural contrast to broad-leaved perennials and annuals. This is an adaptable grass. It grows in full sunlight, shade, and partial shade and will thrive in average soil. It is deer resistant and helps soil erosion along rivers, ponds, and other water sources. In the Fall it blooms inconspicuous flowers for an impressive Fall view.

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Pennsylvanica Sedge

This low sedge with soft, delicate, 1/8 inch wide semi-evergreen grass-like leaves with reddish brown roots, typically grows in 8 inch tall clumps. It is great as a ground cover for shade, as a rain garden, as a lawn substitute for dry soils in shady areas, and as an under planting shade for perennials. It stays semi-green in the winter and sprouts elongated male flowers above female flowers in the Spring. This grass grows well in dry to medium, well drained soil, and part to full shade. There are over 1,500 species of this grass to choose from, so have fun!

Native Grasses

This low maintenance grass is a variety of lush green stalks and seed heads. It blends beautifully with wildflowers in both naturalized and formal areas and is the perfect grass for ecological restoration plantings. It can be used as an ornamental grass or as a wildlife cover crop. It can also be used for rangeland pastures or to turn you yard, borders, or beds into a native prairie. Sit back and enjoy the relaxing view as the breeze blows through it, causing the grass to swell and roll across the landscape like a bellowing sea of grass.

Benefits of Planting Live Stakes In Water's Edge

Creating and preserving the beauty of a waterway can often be a work of art when the right elements and plants are added in the design plan. It is important to keep the health and stability of the water's edge in mind when working with such elements. When it comes to wetland plantings there are many benefits to planting live stakes along a water's edge where they will grow roots and make trees whether it be man-made or a natural body of water.

Live stakes are cuttings from established plants. They are then embedded directly into the soil along the banks of rivers or streams where they will grow roots and make trees. Using live stakes for restoration and preservation is a common and widely used practice due to rapid growth, resistance to erosion, drought tolerance, and low cost. However successful live staking is, there are only a few varieties of trees that are able to be utilized in this manner.

Black Willow Stakes (Salix nigra)

This quick rooting plant is not a tree but rather a bush. It spreads quickly, which will benefit the waterway on which it is planted. The buds and the branches of this shrub change color with the season. It produces a unique fuzzy catkin buds in the spring and the stems are often used as an ornamental element.

Silky Dogwood Live Stakes (Cornus amomum)

This fast growing bush can reach heights of up to 10 feet high with a width of 10 feet. This bush is often found along waterways, although it adapts well to dry land conditions as well. This plant has many beneficial properties for wetlands and wildlife. The quick growing root system helps to maintain the integrity of the water edges while the flowers and fruits offer food for insects, birds, squirrels and other animals.

River Birch Live Stakes (Betula nigra)

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These trees grow extremely fast to an incredible height of up to 80 feet. This tree prefers to be near water. These trees benefit nature and the environment by providing essential food for a number of species of birds, shrews, voles, deer, beavers, rabbits, and squirrels as well as preserving shorelines.

When it comes to wetland plantings, it is important to introduce plants that will grow roots and protect against erosion. For the fastest results, black willow stakes, silky dogwood live stakes, and river birch live stakes are all excellent choices for live stake plantings. 

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