What kind of grass is this? It's a lowland area that has damp soil. I'd assume it will be wet in the spring. Any help would be great.
Reed canary grass is a cool season grass. It falls over in late fall an winter. Fairly worthless for cover by itself in winter.
Killing is it is about as easy as maintaining a snow cone in hell.
Switchgrass is a warm season grass. It maintains cover all winter.
Here is an informative thread about utilizing and enhancing it:
If you want to eliminate it, then google search for "Reed Canary Grass control and management for 90,500 articles.
That does look like great bedding, hingecut some of them big trees into it.Thanks for your response. What kind of creativity are you talking about? Also, what's the difference between RCG and switchgrass?
I definitely have a lot of it.. But there are so a lot of shrubs and trees for bedding. It looks like good bedding area. What can I do to make it better?
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Boofer, what equipment do you have to cut trails through it?
Are you going to hunt the early antlerless firearms season in two weeks?
I would definitely endorse WF's idea to start planting speckled alder. It is hard to get your hands on some of this treestock. Keep an eye out to buy some if Scott Bishop's family is selling some in the Spring. They will be big ones cheap. Otherwise buy them from Coldstream Farms but get your order in early. They have sold out quickly in the past and if you get them from Coldstream get at least three feet stock. Don't bother with the 6 to 8 inch stock.
One of the best strategies for reed canary grass is to plant trees that will shade it out in 5 years. The only tree I know can do this is speckled alder.
And also look into hybrid willows and dogwood shrubs.
Since the property is new to you, I would suggest putting up some observation tree stands on the periphery of your property and watch for deer during their crepuscular primetime (dawn and dusk) so you don't burn out any stands you want to hunt. Since there is a high population of does in the area, it is very easy to get busted on any one stand if you hunt it too much. Once this happens, the deer will pattern that stand and avoid it.
It's my brothers tractor, so I'm not worried about if I sink it.. Haha! I probably won't take a tractor out there because it is soft, wet ground and it would probably get stuck. I'll have to think of some other alternative.Lots of good advice there....spekled alder, tameracks and willows are the 3 best ive found that can hold their own against thr rcg. If you have trees you can hinge into it (or if it ever gets dry enough to drag treetops out into it) to help hold it up in the winter and seems to help slow the next years growth somewhat at my place. Ive used my weed whacker to make trails with the metal blade....not fun, but worth it. Renting a dr style mower sounds way more inviting. I would be very leary driving a tractor out there, let alone someone elses until you know where is safe and where isnt because of the likeliness of it sinking.