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The Common Pasture Grasses

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For the northern and central states the agricultural editor of the New York World says that Kentucky bluegrass, orchard grass and redtop are three excellent varieties. Orchard grass, as its name indicates, is well adapted to deeply shaded lands, and when closely fed yield8 a large amount of tender and succulent herbage. From its habit of growing in stools it should be sown thickly or mixed with some other variety. Kentncky bluegrass, for warm and dry calcareous soils, cannot be excelled by any other pasture grass. It flourishes and maintains its freshness until late in the season, and when not too closely pastured will be eagerly sought by cattle after light snows have fallen upon it. Redtop is peculiarly well adapted to rather low and moist situations, and nnder favorable circumstances yields largely a fine grass well relished by cattle. A mixture of the three will often be better than single sowings. Of the numerous varieties of grasses to be found in this country comparatively few of the number are in general cultivation. Among the ones best known and highly esteemed are those above mentioned. Timothy, the leading hay grass, together with some other varieties and the clovers, make good additions to pasture grass mixtures. In the south Bermuda grass, once deprecated by many planters on account of its great staying qualities, is becoming more and more highly esteemed as a pasture and hay grass. As a protection to the levees along the banks of the Miseissippi it has long been invaluable. No grass is known that equals it in producing a sod that will resist the action of running water and dashing waves.


Ann Arbor Argus
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