Switchgrass is a perennial warm season grass native to the majority of the eastern U.S. It can grow from 4’-6’ tall and is adapted to a wide range of soils and climate conditions, and needs relatively little fertilizer, lime, or water. Regardless of the tillage method, provide a seedbed that will allow good seed-to-soil contact which is essential for the seed to germinate. Important in the establishment is weed control in the first year. This may be controlled through herbicide application and high mowing. Even the most successful stands will take approximately three years to fully mature. Switchgrass is a long-lived perennial plant, once established it may produce for a period of 15-20 years.
- Soil Types: Wide variety of soils
- Seeding Rate: 8-10 lbs. per acre
- Planting Depth: ¼ inch
- Planting Date: April-May