Real World Real World Switchgrass
Real World variety switch grass is the same switch grass that we use in our Bedding-In-A-Bag. In our side-by-side tests, this switch grass stood better than any other variety we tested including the popular Cave-In-Rock variety. Our Real World Switch Grass will get 7’-8’ tall. Don’t take our word for it, Dare to Compare! Planting straight switch grass instead of “Bedding in a Bag” is the best option on wetter sites such as creek or river bottoms where other grasses do not do as well. Many of our customers also use Real World switch grass to create screening cover along food plots or access routes to their stands. Product Coverage: 10 Lb. Bag Covers 2-3 Acres 50 Lb. Bag Covers 10-15 Acres Note –When planting warm-season native grasses for bedding cover, always remember that bigger is better when it comes to plot size. Deer are much more likely to bed in bigger plots of these grasses than smaller ones. On our own properties we never plant plots of these grasses smaller than 5 acres.
$249.99 - $1,249.95
PRE-ORDER NOW!!! WE GET IT IN ONLY IN THE SPRING AND THATS IT. WE SHIP YOUR ORDER LAST OF APRIL FIRST OF MAY PLUS WE SOLD OUT LAST YR. grows 12 to 15 feet tall. Three years to full maturity. create STRUCTURE inside your switch grass bedding area. BORDERS ALONG food plots. BLEND IN YOUR HUNTING BLIND CREATE SECURE ENTRY AND EXITS TO AND FROM HUNTING SPOTS WE RECAMEND at least 3 ROWS minimum for SATISFACTORY to have complete screening and privacy. Lots of our customers have used this product around their home, campsites, privacy between housing and much more. QUICK ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS: 1.) How will it do in wet areas that flood? Answer – Not good – this product does not like wet feet. Consider Real World Switchgrass 2.) How much sunlight do I need? Answer – Think of Real Worlds Giant Miscanthus as you would corn. Giant Miscanthus and corn require the very same growing conditions. Both needs full sunlight, adequate rainfall, and freedom of competition from trees, weeds, etc. 3.) Can I dig up and replant rhizomes and transplant to other areas? Answer -NO! The Giant Miscanthus that Real World sells is a patented cultivar and protected by patent laws. Real World works closely with and under the supervision of the patent holder who requires us to report any sales over a certain volume. This is no different than the patented technology in the agricultural seed industry where harvested grain seed cannot be replanted. 4.) How many Real World Giant Miscanthus Rhizomes do I need? Answer – ABOUT REAL WORLD GIANT MISCANTHUS: For years our customers have been asking us if Real World was ever going to come out with a plot screen product. We tested a lot of different annual plant species but they all fell short (pun intended) of earning the Real World label. While some looked great while growing and early in the fall, they would all fall over once the plants died. We refused to sell a product that we knew would ultimately not do what was expected of it. Real World Wildlife Products president Don Higgins first planted miscanthus grass on his farm several years ago and was so impressed with what he saw and the potential that this plant offers the wildlife land manager that he put in considerable time and effort learning more about this extremely tall grass. When he discovered that there are different varieties of miscanthus he arranged for the Real World team to visit different university, corporate and private test plots around the country. After looking at numerous miscanthus cultivars the Real World team focused on one specific variety that they felt would be the very best for screening and other habitat applications. They then negotiated with the patent holder of this specific variety and ultimately signed a contract to market it. MAKE NO MISTAKE, REAL WORLD GIANT MISCANTHUS IS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER MISCANTHUS! It gets as tall as any other miscanthus but has more leaf for better screening. Dare to Compare! What is miscanthus? Miscanthus is a woody perennial grass native to Asia that typically grows to heights of 12’ plus. It produces bamboo-like stalks which average 3/8” in diameter. It is a non-invasive grass that does NOT produce viable seeds. Because of the huge yields it produces per acre, miscanthus is used primarily for bio-fuel production. Miscanthus is a cold hardy grass that grows rapidly, has low nutrient requirements and has few pests or diseases. How is miscanthus propagated (grown)? How should I store my miscanthus rhizomes? We strongly encourage you to have your planting site ready and plant your rhizomes as soon as possible after receiving them. Rhizomes can be stored for 2-4 weeks in a refrigerated storage unit. The colder temperatures keeps the rhizomes dormant and slows the growth. Do not put rhizomes in the freezer. Using Real World Giant Miscanthus on my property? Miscanthus rhizomes should be planted in the spring once the soil can be worked. A well-tilled bed does help the roots establish quicker, but is not necessary. The rhizomes should be planted 4” deep and spaced 18” apart in rows that are spaced 18”-24” apart. Remember, every year these plants will expand approximately 4″ in each direction. Good results can be achieved on a wide range of soils but the key is moisture. Adequate moisture and 60° ground temperature will promote good growth. Miscanthus can tolerate a wide range of soil pH but performance is best between 5.5 and 7.5 pH. Sandy soils only yield well if rainfall is adequate due to its dry nature. Weed control is important during establishment. Do not worry as much about grass competition, but more so with broadleaf weeds during the first year of establishment. Most common corn herbicides will be fine to use on miscanthus – Dual, Atrazine, 2,4-D etc. It is a good idea to spray a herbicide like atrazine right after planting your rhizomes in a weed-free seed bed. How should I store my miscanthus rhizomes? We strongly encourage you to have your planting site ready and plant your rhizomes as soon as possible after receiving them. Rhizomes can be stored for 2-4 weeks in a refrigerated storage unit. The colder temperatures keeps the rhizomes dormant and slows the growth. Do not put rhizomes in the freezer. Miscanthus is established by planting pieces of root called “rhizomes’. Since it is sterile and it must be propagated by rhizome division rather than by seed. The rhizomes are planted about 4″ deep and spaced 18” apart and in rows that are spaced 18”-24” apart. Each plant will spread 4”-6” per year and fill in the rows to create a dense hedge. For a good screen plant 3-5 rows What kind of growth should I expect from my Real World Giant Miscanthus? The first year each individual rhizome should produce 1-3 stalks that will be anywhere from 1’-8’ tall depending on location, soil and weather conditions. The second year you should see 5-7 stalks from each plant that will be anywhere from 4’-12’ tall. By year three each cluster’s should be approximately 14″ diameter with about 20-25 stalks and 10’-12’ tall. After this the individual clusters will start growing into each other and filling in any gaps. These figures are an “average” and you may see better or worse results based on your location, weather and soil type. By year three you should have great screening cover although it can be very adequate before that. How do I maintain my miscanthus and should I fertilize? Fertilizer demands are low but a modest fertilizer application about a month after planting will promote growth in both rhizomes and stalks. For fertilizer simply use a generic triple-12 or triple-15 fertilizer. After the first year, only small quantities of nutrients will be needed every two to four years to help maintain good yields. Apply follow-up applications of fertilizer in late winter or early spring. If possible, burn your miscanthus every 2-3 years in the early spring. This will get rid of the old thatch and help control and weeds or tree saplings that may be starting. It will also stimulate the growth of your miscanthus and keep your stand going strong. Mowing is another option but not nearly as good as burning. How can I create the best screen possible on my hunting property? For years Real World customers have been using Real World switchgrass to create screening cover. Now with Real World Giant Miscanthus you can combine the two tall grasses to create the ultimate screen. Start the fall before you intend to plant by creating a 12’-15’ wide seed bed where you want your screen. In late winter, frost seed Real World switchgrass into your seed-bed at a rate of no more than 4# per acre. As early as possible in the spring, plant 3 rows of Real World Giant Miscanthus in this same seed-bed. Plant the first row of miscanthus right down the middle of the seed bed and then a row 2’-3’ on each side of the middle row. Control weeds the first year by using an application of atrazine at a rate of 1-quart per acre as early as possible in the spring. If broadleaf weeds become an issue later in the summer, spray with 2-4D. Once established you will have the very best screen possible outside of a solid wall.
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Real World Real World Bedding in a Bag
Product = 7 LB. Bag = One Acre Real World Wildlife Product's co-founder, Don Higgins, has worked for many years as a conservation contractor where he has planted thousands of acres of warm-season native grasses. Through this experience, he noticed that some species of these grasses stood up to the elements such as wind and snow better than others. Furthermore, Don noticed that different varieties of the same species would also stand up better to the weather than others. This prompted Don and his business partner, Kevin Boyer, to begin planting side-by-side test plots of these grasses using every variety that they could get their hands on. The result is Real World's “Bedding in a Bag”, a superior blend of tall, warm-season grasses that makes excellent bedding cover for deer as well as nesting cover for pheasants, quail, rabbits and other wildlife. Over the past several years, Real World customers have planted thousands of acres of this special blend containing Indian Grass, Big Bluestem and Switchgrass. We even had one customer plant 450 acres of it on his Iowa farm. The key to this blend's success is not the species of grasses that are included, but instead, the specific variety of each grass species. In our development of this blend, we planted every variety of these species that we could find and observed them over several years for standability under adverse weather conditions. The result is a blend of native grasses that typically grow 6’-8’ tall and stands up very well to the elements. If you want to create bedding cover in a hurry on your property, Real World's “Bedding-In-A-Bag” is the ticket! Planting and Maintenance Instructions Establishing the warm season native grasses contained in the Real World’s “Bedding-in-a-Bag” mix can require some extra effort compared to other crops. This blend contains a total of 7# PLS (pure live seed) per acre. This is plenty of seed when a properly adjusted native grass planting drill is used. For other planting methods such as broadcast seeding you may need to plant at a higher rate per acre.Please keep this in mind when ordering. Note – the switchgrass seed is in a separate bag than the mix of big bluestem and Indian grass, due to the differences in the seed itself. When using a native grass drill there will be multiple seed boxes. The mix of big bluestem and Indian grass should be used in the native grass box which should be set at a seeding rate of 5# per acre. The switchgrass seed should be placed in the small seeds box and it should be set at 2# per acre. Proper Planting Time – RWWS Whitetail Bedding Mix should be planted in mid to late spring when soil temperatures approach 60 degrees. In most parts of the country, April and early May is the perfect time for most of the United States. Planting Site – RWWS Whitetail Bedding Mix works best in open field areas with lots of sunlight and well to moderately well drained soils. These grasses will not establish well in areas with lots of shade or when in competition with other vegetation. They are also not well suited for areas that flood and stand in water for more than a few days or in “gumbo” type soils. pH is not critical for these grasses and they are suited for the entire United States. Like any plant, these grasses will grow better in more fertile soils. Most sites will not require additional fertilizer. Site preparation and Planting – A good stand of RWWS Whitetail Bedding Mix can be achieved without any tillage of the soil provided the ground is free of other vegetation and a no-till drill is used for planting. Planting depth should be 1/8 inch. DO NOT PLANT TOO DEEP! Fields that have previously been in other crops are perfect for no-till planting of this mix. Herbicide – It is very important to spray the planting site with a combination of Round-Up (glyphosate) and Plateau herbicides. Do NOT use more than 4 oz of Plateau per acre! Round-Up will kill any weeds growing on the site and Plateau is a herbicide specially designed for native grass plantings. It works as a residual (preventative) and will curtail later weed competition. This herbicide application is extremely important for getting your grass stand established quickly. Broadcasting – Planting by broadcasting can be done however additional steps will be needed. This seed is very fluffy and difficult to broadcast but it can be done. To help the seed flow through a broadcast seeder, mix the seed with pelleted lime. When broadcasting you may need to use more seed per acre. You will also need to work the ground with a disc or other tillage tool, lightly drag the seedbed after broadcasting or preferably use a culti-packer to firmly press the seed into the soil for good seed-soil contact. Do not attempt to establish these grasses unless the planting site is completely free of live vegetation! Maintenance – It is not necessary to fertilize these grasses. If weeds become too bad during the year of planting you can spray the field with 2-4D herbicide which will kill all broadleaf weeds and plants but will not harm any grasses. Do not use 2-4D until these grasses have at least 4 leaves per plant. You can also mow the plot to help with weeds but do not mow lower than 12”. These grasses respond very well to fire. If possible, it is advised to burn off these grasses about every third year in the early spring before green up. Fire not only stimulates these grasses but also sets back weed competition and kills woody sprouts and seedlings. With regular burnings these grass stands can last for decades. Keep this in mind when planning your planting. In many situations it is a good idea to plant a firebreak around the edge of fields planted to these grasses. Real Worlds Clover & Chicory mix makes a good firebreak and also offers the deer a travel corridor and place to feed just outside of their bedding sanctuary. Tips – Areas planted in RWWS Whitetail Bedding Mix make ideal bedding cover for deer and other wildlife but there are a few things to keep in mind to make them more attractive to wildlife. Very small fields (under 2 or 3 acres) are not nearly as attractive to game as larger fields (5 acres+). Fields of these grasses will not be utilized nearly as much if there is undue hunting pressure in or very near them. We suggest that you never enter your grass fields but instead use them as sanctuaries for the deer on your property and hunt around the field edges. Note- RWWS Whitetail Bedding Mix may be used on some CRP (conservation reserve program) projects. You will likely need to add a small amount of other grasses and/or forbs to get a mixture that is acceptable to meet CRP specifications. In such cases you might not need to order as much seed as you have acres to plant. For example a 10 acre planting may use 8 acres of RWWS Whitetail Bedding mix and a few pounds of other seeds to be acceptable to USDA requirements. Be sure to check with your local NRCS/USDA office before using this mix on a CRP project or your funding could be in jeopardy. Note – When planting warm-season native grasses for bedding cover, always remember that bigger is better when it comes to plot size. Deer are much more likely to bed in bigger plots of these grasses than smaller ones. On our own properties, we never plant plots of these grasses smaller than 5 acres. Coverage: 1 acre per bag.