This switchgrass variety is the same switchgrass that we use in our Bedding-In-A-Bag. Planting straight switchgrass is the better option on wetter sites where other grasses do not do as well. Our Real World Switch Grass will get 7’-8’ tall. In our side by side tests this switchgrass stood better than any other variety including the well-accepted Cave-In-Rock variety. Don’t take our word for it, Dare to Compare!
These 2 photos show the difference between Real World switchgrass and the popular Cave-in-Rock variety of switchgrass. There is no “trick photography” here; these photos were taken the same day just a few feet apart in side-by-side test-plots. Note that these photos were taken in early spring after the grasses had been through the entire winter.
Clearly the Real World switchgrass has better standability and offers better bedding cover for wildlife.
Planting straight switch grass instead of “Bedding in a Bag” is the best option on wetter sites such as creek or river bottoms where other grasses do not do as well. Many of our customers also use Real World switch grass to create screening cover along food plots or access routes to their stands.
Note – When planting warm-season native grasses for bedding cover always remember that bigger is better when it comes to plot size. Deer are much more likely to bed in bigger plots of these grasses than smaller ones. On our own properties we never plant plots of these grasses smaller than 5 acres.