How to Grow Billion-Dollar Grass

Overview

Billion dollar grass is normally used as a wetlands grass but can also be established on uplands. It is widely used across the northeastern U.S. It serves as feed for waterfowl, birds and muskrat. This annual grass can also be used for erosion control because it grows quickly and is normally mixed with perennial grasses and legumes for this purpose. Anyone planting billion dollar grass on their own acreage is normally doing it to attract wildlife for bird watching or hunting waterfowl.

Step 1

Prepare the acreage by mowing down any grass or weeds on the lowest setting of the lawnmower.

Step 2

Water the area if it has not rained. The seed will germinate better on wet ground.

Step 3

Fill the seed hopper of a no-till drill with 20 lbs. of seed per acre, and attach the drill to an ATV or tractor. Rent no-till seed drills at farm equipment and tractor rental stores.

Step 4

Drill seed to a 1-inch depth in early spring after the last frost date. If you are planting in anticipation of a certain migratory bird, coordinate your planting with the date the birds normally arrive. The seed takes 60 to 90 days to mature.

Step 5

Irrigate the acreage to keep the soil moist, but do not flood the area until the grass is at least 6 inches tall. Keep the area very wet to flooded when the waterfowl are expected.

Things You'll Need

  • Billion dollar grass seed
  • Mower
  • Seed drill
  • ATV or tractor
  • Irrigation system

References

  • Billion Dollar Grass
  • Japanese Millet Seed
Keywords: how to grow billion dollar grass, planting Japanese millet seed, grasses that attract wildlife

About this Author

Dale DeVries has been cooking for over 40 years. First teaching her five daughters to cook, she quickly moved on to teaching at a private High School. Dale has catered parties and weddings throughout her life, from gourmet to the simple family type dinners. She says the fun is in creating new recipes that noone has heard of.