Green in All Seasons: Winter in a Diverse Native Grassland

Take the final walk of the season in a Diverse Native Grassland as Amy Hamilton concludes her Green in All Seasons video.  Check out the fall and winter additions to the video or watch the entire video to see the changes through the seasons. 

An intensive fall graze on a Diverse Native Grassland stimulates cool season grasses into production of winter stockpile. Take a late season walk with Amy Hamilton through the established grassland to see this accumulation of forage. Join her in the field, in October at the 12:32 time frame of the video to observe a transition, showing the timing of a heavy fall graze to ensure development of a winter stockpile.

Working through all seasons, diverse plantings constantly produce forage and build healthy soil. Above the soil, leaves convert sunlight into energy for livestock. Beneath the surface, shallow roots collect moisture to grow, while deep roots store water to use in drought. Using functional diversity, a planted native grassland follows nature’s own design. Working together throughout the year, the variety of species in a Diverse Native Grassland contribute to a productive, season-long grazing program. Diverse Native Grasslands sustain livestock and change throughout the seasons, yielding warm season during the summer and providing cool season growth for spring, fall, and winter. 

If you would like to further explore the concept of a diverse native grassland being green in all seasons, read our previous article, titled “Diversity:  Green in All Seasons”.  And to read about the underground benefits of diversity, read “Diversity:  Roots in All Depths” or “A Diversity of Plants is Stronger Together than Alone: A Look at Roots”. 

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