Using blue grama sod for range revegetation
Published source details
McGinnies W.J. & Wilson A.M. (1982) Using blue grama sod for range revegetation. Journal of Range Management, 35, 259-261.
Published source details McGinnies W.J. & Wilson A.M. (1982) Using blue grama sod for range revegetation. Journal of Range Management, 35, 259-261.
The perennial bunchgrass, blue grama Bouteloua gracilis is often difficult to establish from seed. It may be possible to establish by sod planting in specific localities (e.g. restoration of small areas to create patches of native grassland). Experiments were undertaken to determine how to best establish blue grama by sodding at Central Plains Experimental Range, Colorado, mid-west USA.
On abandoned dry farmland soil, plots (122 x 122 cm) were prepared by discing and hand-raking. Sod was cut from a native, nearly pure blue grama stand with an oscillating-blade sod cutter (as commonly used in commercial turf production) in strips about 5 cm deep by 30 cm wide, and cut into 30 to 37 cm lengths.
Best blue gamma establishment was obtained by: