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Growing Native with Petey Mesquitey: trottin' to live
Petey trots among the native grasses and gets excited. Weirdo.
near the banks of the ol' guajolotte
Despite the introduction of non native grasses to southern Arizona -and make no mistake they are here to stay- native grasses can still be found. There some niches that the introduced varmints can't fill. The irony, at least for ranchers, is that the native grasses are far more palatable to livestock than the African introductions and always eat them first as they become available.
Many of the native grasses are bunch grasses and they are fun to put into a personal landscape. They can soften up a landscape and as a bonus they add material for nesting, places for wildlife to hide and of course food for all sorts of small critters. Yay!