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Uses For Switchgrass As A Land Manager

Creating Deer Bedding Areas

Switchgrass and other native warm season grasses offer deer managers a variety of different uses. The key to the success of a stand of warm season grasses is dependent upon having a plan from the start.

The main purpose for many land managers that plant switchgrass is to provide bedding cover. In areas of the midwest where agriculture is abundant, switchgrass provides cover that can be lacking on many farms. It can be planted thick as a solid monoculture to maximize the amount of cover on a farm or thinner to allow beneficial weeds in the stand. Doing so, provides food that equals cover which is the best of both worlds. If you’re looking to benefit game birds and turkeys as well as deer, then the native grasses should be planted thin enough that there is room at ground level for them to get through. The final result of what you plant simply relies upon your goals for your farm. Read more