Native grasses - growth

During the second year of growth, sideoats grama will reach maturity. It's root system will grow to a depth of five feet or more. Smooth brome only sends roots to a depth of one foot or less.

Native grasses establish deeper roots that nonnative grasses.

Several years are required for a stand of native grasses to reach maturity. During the first two years native grass stands may appear unkempt and weedy.

However, when they are fully established, there are very few weeds which will be able to compete with native grasses for nutrients and water in the soil.

Native grasses will eventually starve out, and hold out, undesirable weeds.