Native iowa grasses for erosion control

Asked September 14, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

My wife and i recently purchased a property that has a large hill on it. The hill is a steep angle and hard to mow. It currently has normal yard grass on it. I would like to plant some grasses that are great for erosion control that don't require a weekly mowing. My first thought was to plant some type of native to iowa prairie grass. My question is are there native iowa grasses that are good for erosion control, and don't require a lot of mowing.

Linn County Iowa

1 Response

Native grasses, such as big bluestem, switch grass, and Indian grass have deep roots. Their deep roots help prevent erosion on slopes.

Native grasses can be established by sowing seed or planting seedlings. New plantings require moderate levels of maintenance during establishment (the first 2 or 3 years). Once established, native grasses require very little care.

Additional information can be found at the following websites.

https://store.extension.iastate.edu/ItemDetail.aspx?ProductID=12723https://store.extension.iastate.edu/ItemDetail.aspx?ProductID=12595