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Bamert Seed Staff’s Favorite Native Plants

Texas Wildflower Blend Natalie Ingle If you ever meet Natalie, you’ll find her to be a very colorful, outgoing person, and truly a proud Texan! All of her favorite native seeds are found in our Texas Wildflower Blend. Natalie wants everyone...
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Seeds Are Life

When our customers are looking to grow specific native species that they request or our specialists recommend, many wonder what the seeds actually look like. Getting all the details, even knowing the appearance of the seed,  is important before making...
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Native Grass Seed

Cool Season Grass vs. Warm Season Grass

Cool-season grass, and warm-season grass. These are terms often used in the native grass industry. You may have heard them too, but sometimes they can be a little confusing. If you have ever wondered whether to plant cool-season grass or...
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Erosion Control Soil Health Uncategorized

5 Principles of Soil Health

Rainfall is one thing landowners cannot control. That’s the bad news. But, here’s the good news. The amount of rainfall is not the determining factor when it comes to soil health. Rather, it’s the rainfall retained that truly makes a...
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Native Grass Seed Seeding

Will This Seed Grow Here? Seven Items to Consider in Seed Selection

You may find yourself thinking, “Will this variety grow well in my garden/field in ___________? (Fill in the blank with your location.)” Whether or not a certain variety or species will thrive in an intended area is a question we...
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6 Steps to Successful Seeding

Successful seeding can be achieved, but as with any endeavor, it takes planning. There’s nothing more satisfying than achieving the results you’ve hoped for when you place seed in the ground. And when you have the six necessary components for...
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Monocultures — 3 Reasons to Steer Clear

While a monoculture might sound like the easiest way to address land management challenges, be wary of “silver bullet” solutions. A monoculture is the cultivation or growth of a single crop or organisms. In the case of grasses, they are...
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PLS Seed Bag Tag Seed Tags

Tips for Reading a Seed Bag Tag

Whether you purchase a one-pound bag of grass seed at a chain store or a 50-pound custom blend from Bamert, your seed bag will include a seed tag. These tags are required by law to protect the consumer and provide...
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Engelmann Daisy Forbs

Engelmann Daisy: Species Spotlight

Engelmann Daisy is part of the “Big Four” of perennial forbs native to Texas. It will offer the same great benefits of the other desirable native species we’ve discussed in our series thus far. However, Engelmann Daisy—Latin name, Engelmannia pinnatifida—features...
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Soil Health

Leave the Leaves

This fall, put away the rake and forget those lawn bags. It’s time to leave the leaves and give your garden all the benefits that come from letting the leaves remain. We know it’s the norm to get the leaves picked...
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Forbs Maximilian Sunflower

Maximilian Sunflower: Species Spotlight

Diversity is key to a healthy, thriving ecosystem. If you’re going to have to have a lot of variety, you might as well include a show stopper.  Maximilian Sunflower shines as part of the “Big Four” perennial forbs with similar...
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Wildflower Seed Wildflowers

For Beautiful Wildflowers in the Spring, Plant Them in the Fall

Even though the leaves are just beginning to fall, now is the time to begin dreaming of spring.  Mother Nature needs time to get the beautiful, bright blooms of wildflowers just right. Wildflower beauty can abound on your property when...
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Forbs Illinois Bundleflower

Illinois Bundleflower: Species Spotlight

If you’re looking to attract a wide range of wildlife from deer and turkey to quail and dove, Illinois Bundleflower is ready to go to work for you. Illinois Bundleflower—Latin name, Desmanthus illinoensis—is part of the “Big Four” perennial forbs....
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Bush Sunflower Forbs

Species Spotlight: Bush Sunflower

Within our land management circle, the term “Big Four” is commonly used to refer to the four grasses that are stalwarts of the true Tallgrass Prairie. The Big Four are both prized by stewards because of the benefits they lend...
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Big Bluestem Sand Dropseed

Species Spotlight: Sand Dropseed

We’ve been talking a lot about the “big four” grasses of the Tallgrass Prairie lately. While these are the all-stars of the ecosystem team, they certainly could not shine without other grasses whose roles allow them to take hold and...
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Big Four Grasses Little Bluestem

The Big Four: Little Bluestem

Reclamation projects rely on little bluestem because it grows easily and takes hold in a variety of soil types.  Little Bluestem’s Latin name is Schizachyrium scoparium. It is a member of the “big four” grasses. Recognized as the state grass...
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Big Four Grasses Switchgrass

The Big Four: Switchgrass

We’re turning our conversation toward a member of the “big four” grasses of the true Tallgrass Prairie, Switchgrass — Latin name Panicum Virgatum. It is one of the most versatile members of the club. A native, warm-season perennial bunchgrass, it...
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Big Bluestem Big Four Grasses

Big Bluestem: One of The Big Four Grasses

Big bluestem — a member of the “big four” grasses of the Tallgrass Prairie — is in demand by range managers because it is not seen as much in rangelands as it once was. When Big Bluestem—Latin name Andropogon gerardii—takes...
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Big Four Grasses Indiangrass

The Big Four: Indiangrass

To the untrained eye, the grasses delicately dancing in the wind across the prairies of the heartland may appear all the same, or a mixture of too many to name. However, there are actually four dominant species in the true...
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Erosion Control Reclamation Seed

Hello Nurse Crop

Nurse crops have been used for years, but often are overlooked during the planning process of reclamation seeding. Perennial grasses and forbs are aided by nurse crops because they offer protection as the plants establish. A properly planned nurse crop...
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