How to Grow Bluebunch Wheatgrass


Growing bluebunch wheatgrass in a small meadow or a large field can be a beautiful sight, and supply livestock and wildlife with nutrient grazing. While the bluebunch wheatgrass is grazed by sheep, deer, elk and antelope, it can also be used as an erosion preventer along roadsides and in ditches. With its ability to establish well in areas of low rainfall with persistent yet not aggressive growth, bluebunch is grown in the western portions of North America.

Step 1

Plow and prepare your seedbed area. Bluebunch wheatgrass prefers and grows best in medium textured soils, but can grow in fine to coarse textures.

Step 2

Remove as many weeds from the field as possible manually or chemically. While bluebunch is a vigorous grower, it cannot compete with aggressive plants and can be choked out of the soil.

Step 3

Plan your seeding time based on the season. Coarse to medium soils should be seeded in the very early spring, but wait until late fall if your soil is medium to light in texture. Late summer seeding around August to September is not recommended.

Step 4

Spread seed with a drill if possible using six to eight pounds of seed per acre. Coarse soils will need the seeds planted ¾-inch deep or less, medium soils at ½ inch depths or less, with fine textured soils needing no deeper than ¼ inch to grow.

Step 5

Spray or mist the field area every day for 3 weeks to keep it moist without oversaturating the soil. If the field is overwatered, the soil may form a clay-like layer over the seeds as it dries, which can prevent them from breaking through.

Step 6

Let the bluebunch grow for two to three years undisturbed to become established. Avoid grazing on the grass by livestock until the grass is established and has headed out.

Tips and Warnings

  • Because the growing point of the bluebunch wheatgrass is high, do not over-graze the area or it may not be able to grow back. Rotating the use of this field with others will allow the plants to grow back successfully.

Things You'll Need

  • Plow, or tiller for smaller areas
  • Bluebunch wheatgrass seeds
  • Seed drill, if necessary
  • Water


  • USDA Fact Sheet
  • Forages; Robert F. Barnes, C. Jerry Nelson, Kenneth J. Moore, Michael Collins; 2007
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Writing from Virginia, Margaret Telsch-Williams specializes in personal finance, money management, gardening, crafts and sewing, cooking, DIY projects and travel. When not writing instructional articles online, she works for the website Widescreen Warrior as a contributor and podcast co-host discussing all things film and entertainment. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a master's degree in writing.