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Smartweed / Smart grass

Postby CrackerJackShot » Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:08 pm

First thing is first. Are those two the same thing?! I was just wondering. Anyways, we have 18 acres of controlled flooded land that as of yet has no duck food in it. The ducks just come in to rest. Also we are next to bunches of dried (normally flooded) areas with what we are told to be smart grass. We talked to a biologist and he told us that the kind that you want is the annual stuff that reseeds itself every year. He showed us what we had was the other kind that comes back every year. He said the difference was the seed heads are a lot bigger on the annual ones. When I hiked in there later I saw the same type of grass but it looked different. It had bigger individual stalks with roots on everyone. Also the seed heads were about 3 times bigger. I believe this is the annual smart grass. They are all brown now which I dont know if the entire plant is supposed to when they shed the seeds?! I picked about 3 buckets worth of the seed heads and distributed them out into our flooded land. some in the really shallow water and some on land. Does anybody have input as to whether or not to expect these to sprout plants next year? Does anybody have experience with smart grass as of its effectivness?! I appreciate any input!!! thanks
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Postby keegan511 » Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:35 pm

If I followed you correctly you have some variety of smartweed in and around your wetland. If so this will put on enough seed biomass to allow for regeneration of the plant species as long as an adequate drawdown is done. There are many species of smart weed in central texas so you may have stumbled onto a similar species while walking in the woods. As for smart grass I have never heard of such a species of grass. Did the biologist give you a scientific name or possibly another common name used to identify it? I hope this helps if not feel free to pm me, I am currently doing some research on annual wetland plants.

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