The drought-tolerant Siberian wheatgrass is a successful growing grass for areas which receive 14 inches or less of annual rainfall. Siberian wheatgrass is a favorite among both large and small wildlife, and is good for livestock grazing in the spring and fall. While grazing is one way to take advantage of this low maintenance grass, some people prefer to grow Siberian wheatgrass for its ability to stabilize disturbed areas and control erosion.
Plant seeds into coarse and medium-consistency soils in very early spring. Seeds in this type of soil should be drilled at 1 inch deep or less.
Set seeds for medium to light textures of soil in late fall, also called dormant seeding. The depth for light and medium soils should be one half-inch or less.
Water the field area daily, just enough to keep the soil moist, for the first four weeks as growth begins to appear above the surface. Overwatering the field can actually trap the seeds underground as the soil dries.
Allow the plants to become established before any grazing is allowed. After the grass is established, spring grazing can begin as soon as six inches of new growth can be seen.
Rotate grazing areas in the spring and fall to give the plants a break, and keep them healthy and growing. Grazing should stop once the grasses have three inches of stubble remaining at the end of the grazing season.