Silky Wildrye - Elymus villosus Silky Wildrye is a native perennial cool season grass. It grows approx. 2-4 ft. tall. Beautiful and attractive arching seed heads make it a nice grass to add to your landscape. It is shorter than other rye grasses. Flowers in late Spring and prefers moist soils in woodlands, woodland edges, marshes or other moist soils. Partial Shade. 10 lbs. per acre.
Grasses are used for conservation,erosion control,creating natural areas and for wildlife habitats. Planting native grasses has become increasingly popular over the last few years as they have low environmental impact. You can also use some grasses like rye as a green manure' over the winter months to repair or rectify your soil. Farmers have done this for years. Preparation: Prepare the area where you would like to plant native grass seed as you would for a wildflower seed mix. Remove all existing growth,either by hand,roto-tilling,rough or power raking. Till only deep enough to remove all old roots. Deep tilling may bring up dormant weed seeds lying beneath which will compete with your flowers. If you want to be sure your soil is weed seed free",you'll have to till,wait for the crop of new weeds to grow,usually one to three weeks and till again as in step one before reseeding to have the best shot at eradicating them. If using the roto-till method,you can seed after the second or third tilling. Sowing: Once your soil is prepared and free of previous growth,it's important to sow immediately. (If you let time go by between preparation and spreading your seed,you're giving possible weeds an advantage over the new seed you wish to sow. You can use a hand crank seed sower,but most simply scatter the seed by hand. Put your grass seed into two buckets; add in any wildflower seed and some sand. Usually 4 parts sand to 1 part seed. The sand does two things: It dilutes" the seed,making it easier to sow evenly,and since it's light-colored,it shows you where you've been" on the dark soil as you go. Next,sow one bucket's mix over your whole area. Then go back in the opposite direction and do the same with the second bucket. This way,you should have even spreading and no bare spots. Once seed is sown,be sure you have a good seed to soil contact. If you can,use a lawn roller or lay down a large board and walk on it to compress (squash down) the seed into the bare soil. If strictly sowing a grass mixture or an individual grass species,you can lightly rake in or cover your grass seed lightly. Watering: Keep your new area watered for the first month or two and then it should be self-sufficient unless you are having a drought.