Hi all. I have access to a lot of pampas grass from friends who have it. Would it be good to grow in an empty space as a biomass or strawmulch for the garden or chicken coop? Any opinions are greatly appreciated! Thank you!
I'm going to assume that it's pampas grass. Predictive text on my phone gives some wild results.
Check to see how invasive it is in your area. See if it has spread beyond where your friends wanted it, and if they have had trouble getting rid of it. Those big seed heads could each seed a small garden.
If it really is "pompous grass" be careful. The other plants may revolt if forced to be so close to a mulch that is very proud and full of itself.
posted 6 years ago
Haha! Yes pampas grass. It stays in clumps where they put it about 2-3' diameter. I thought it might be a nice addition not only for looks and biomass but a little less yard to mow. Do chickens like the seed head on it?
Has anyone grown their pampas from seed? I know it is usually grown from seed in greenhouses and then sold in clumps, but i have the seed and was thinking of trying to plant it outside or I sprout it inside, not sure.
I have four decent-sized clumps of pampas grass on my small suburban lot outside Philadelphia. I've been cutting it with a serrated Japanese rice knife and using it as mulch and a good nitrogen source in my compost pile. When I compost it I lay it out to dry for a while, then I run over it with the lawnmower to shred it up. Otherwise those thick stalks will take forever to break down. I'm surprised I haven't heard more about its use in permaculture circles.
Some things I'd like to find out:
- It grows really fast and really tall. How often can you cut/harvest it without weakening the plant?
- How deep do the roots grow?
- How is it as a dynamic nutrient accumulator?
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