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High Altitude Grasses

Posted by coloradoscott 4 CO (My Page) on
Fri, May 27, 05 at 10:51

My wife and I just purchased 5 acres of mountain property Southwest of Fairplay Colorado at an altitude of 9400 feet. We will eventually build on it but one thing that concerns me is getting the native grass to grow back after construction. Does anyone know what type of grasses grow at that altitude?

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RE: High Altitude Grasses

I first thought of western wheatgrass, but one source I found states that it grows at altitudes as high as 9000 ft. 9400 isn't that much higher, so it might grow there, but I'm not sure.

Thickspike wheatgrass and slender wheatgrass may do ok there. Blue Grama may do ok, although it's more of a warm season grass.

There are some links to places where you can get seed on this thread.

Have you checked with your extension service? They'd probably have a good idea of what grows in your area, and they may be able to point you in the direction of some good seed sources, as well.

RE: High Altitude Grasses

  • Posted by Skybird z5, Denver, CO (My Page) on
    Fri, May 27, 05 at 21:59

Hi Scott,

Here's a link to High Country Gardens list of 7 grasses and wildflower mixes that can be grown above 7000'. You can get more info on each by clicking on them, or go to their search page and enter your own parameters.

I love Denver and the mountains, but, living at 9400'---brrrrr!


Here is a link that might be useful: High Country Gardens high altitude grasses

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