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Old 12-22-2015, 12:10 PM   #1
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Default Ok let talk edge cover

I need to cover and area about ten yards wide and 40 yards long that is along a county road on my property I own. I have irrigation available. I am looking for a permanent cover that I can plant and do not have to replant each year. I do not want to use cedar because of water uptake. What are some good alternatives? Is there something that the deer could also use as browse? The deer numbers are moderate. Thanks for suggestions. I also have all the equipment needed to plant what ever works best. Also I am in the Lee county area with heavy clay soils.
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:54 PM   #2
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How tall you want it?

First thing that came to mind was a good mix of tall native grasses; little bluestem, big bluestem, indiangrass, switchgrass and eastern gammagrass. Not the best browse for WTD but good cover and benefits all wildlife.

One thing to consider is if it's a high quality browse and your numbers aren't right, that edge cover may get browsed too hard and not do want you want it to do, block visibility.
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:03 PM   #3
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Good point on brouse I think 5ft would be tall enough. Are the natives hard to establish? I have heard they are.
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:44 PM   #4
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Those natives can be hard to establish, but when planted under the right conditions they will thrive forever. They will get right around your desired height of 5 ft and can get a few feet taller. Make sure if you add Switchgrass that you use the "Alamo" variety. It does a great job of getting very tall.
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:45 PM   #5
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Those bigger grasses will get you close. I'm sure you've got yaupon in the area which is good screening cover from a road.

With your equipment and irrigation capabilities, I wouldn't think it would be too hard to establish unless you're dealing with an improved pasture like coastal. Lots of resources out there on how-to as well as seed mixes if you want to plant some perrenial forbs to go with it.
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:27 PM   #6
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I have Alamo switch grass planted for a food plot divider. It takes a couple of seasons to fill in and get tall but so far I think it will work.

Another I plan on experimenting with is Bicolor lespedeza. Its a perennial fast growing shrub (legume) that grows very tall and fills in thick.

Until you get a good perennial going a temporary option is Egyptian Wheat. I planted it this summer and it got 10 feet tall until my place flooded for over a month. It gets very tall and thick and can withstand fairly strong winds.
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:57 PM   #7
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Very good advise I will do some research on those varieties and see what will work. I may try a combination to get started to see what works best. Thanks for the ideas.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:23 PM   #8
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Myscantheus giganticus ( sp ) is what I've had recommended. Think you plant it from roots or cuttings, and not seeds. Probably ought to google it, that would be more reliable than my rusty brain.

Google Miscanthus grass, that'll get you going in the right direction

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Old 12-22-2015, 08:23 PM   #9
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Myscantheus giganticus ( sp ) is what I've had recommended. Think you plant it from roots or cuttings, and not seeds. Probably ought to google it, that would be more reliable than my rusty brain.

Google Miscanthus grass, that'll get you going in the right direction
I've seen that on the QDMA forum. Looks promising. Wonder how hard it is to get established with having to plant the "tubers"?

It does turn into a huge and massive wall from the pics I've seen.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:46 PM   #10
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Blackberry. Virtually impenetrable once established.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:23 AM   #11
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Those natives can be hard to establish, but when planted under the right conditions they will thrive forever. They will get right around your desired height of 5 ft and can get a few feet taller. Make sure if you add Switchgrass that you use the "Alamo" variety. It does a great job of getting very tall.
Switch grass ^^^ good cover there. I would go with that. But other choices are Bee wild bundell flower year to year if you shred it, it will come back but the screen will be gone for part of the year. And haygera has a great seed head for wildlife. But it is just one year.
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