Sun or Shade for Your
Native Grasses



Sun or Shade for Your Native Grasses.

Generally, they thrive in the sun or sunny locations.

You will see this in the wild as well as gardens and landscapes.

Fields of thick and lush greenery reaching for the sun and waving in the breeze.

Sedges and wood-rushes on the other hand, tend to prefer some shade.

You may often see sedge growing along a northern wooded exposure, or in open woodlands and thickets near wet spots or moist soil conditions.

However, there are many exceptions.

Many native will perform adequately if they are provided three to five hours of direct light each day.

They are stronger and more up right in direct light and weaker and somewhat lax with more shade.

Not only will many of these flop on you, but will gradually fade away or die off from a lack of light exposure.

In reality, how often do you see grasses growing in the woods or forest floor?

This also holds true for lawns and shady areas.

Your lawns thin out and you are forever having to reseed it.

Most simply wont perform well in the shade and you want to plan accordingly in your gardens.

Rarely if ever and if you do, it is flopped over or more than likely a Carex (sedge) of some sort.

Other than the plumes or flowers, a main attraction of natives is there Autumn colors, which is usually more pronounced in high sun locations.

Remember, that the intensity of "full sun" varies dramatically from Canada to the southern United States.

Your region may experience more clouds or experience weeks of full direct light.

This can make a difference in how your plants perform.

Look for natives from your region for the best results.

Many will cross regions, so you want to check out other regions and check with your local AG. departments and Department of Natural Resources.

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