How to Plant Prairie Grass


Prairie grass is a cool-season perennial grass that is native to the Midwest of the United States. According to Penn State University's website, it is a variety of bromegrass. But it does not spread by rhizome like other kinds of bromegrass--instead it propagates by seed. Growing prairie grass is a nice alternative to a regular lawn as you do not have to mow prairie grass and it encourages local wildlife to take refuge in your yard.

Step 1

Choose a place to plant the prairie grass. It needs full sun and well-drained soil.

Step 2

Clear the site for planting the prairie grass. Remove any weeds or rocks from the area with the rake and turn over the land with the till.

Step 3

Add 4 to 5 inches of compost to the soil and work it into a depth of 6 to 8 inches to improve your soil's condition for the prairie grass. Moisten the soil before you plant the prairie grass.

Step 4

Mix 30 to 35 pounds of prairie grass seed per acre with 2 to 4 pounds of soil. Broadcast the prairie grass seed onto the prepared site with your hands or a seeder.

Step 5

Cover the seeds with ¼ inch of soil and water the land until it is moist but not soaking.

Things You'll Need

  • Prairie grass seed
  • Till
  • Rake
  • Compost


  • Penn State University: Prairie Grass
  • Missouri Conservationalist: Planting Prairie
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