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Native Grass Seeds for Pasture and Land Reclamation from Curtis and Curtis Inc.

By S. Mathur

Curtis and Curtis Inc. (CCI) has been supplying native grass seeds to the southwestern US since 1956. The legumes and native grass seeds are used for such purposes as seeding irrigated pastures, range reseeding, mine reclamation and reclamation seeding for highway, pipeline and highline right-of-ways. CCI also supplies turf seeds for golf courses, home lawns and industrial sites.

General Manager Mark Peabody says that native grass seeds enhance all realms of nature, not just pasture: "Natives are drought tolerant enough to survive with minimal water, but will produce forage and home for wildlife, livestock, and even a great number of insects. Wildlife and livestock use many native grasses for nesting and birthing cover."

CCI offers a range of services for local farmers, homeowners and businesses. These include personalized consulting, custom mixing of seeds suited to different types of soil, and planting native grass pastures. CCI has a full range of sorghum products, specially forage sorghums, for the retail and wholesale markets. These are high quality seeds: high producing, drought resistant and insect tolerant varieties. Small grains like wheat, rye, barley, oats and triticale are marketed in the southwest United States and abroad to places with similar climates. Staff have the ability to locate any type of product in the seed market if requested by customers.

Small grains like barley are beneficial to landscapes in the southwest and in similar terrain around the world. That's because they play a vital role in the stabilization of the soil, explains Peabody.

"When a fire has burned in the forest, many times a high percentage of the seed mixture being planted will be a small grain like barley. This is because it is very easy to get barley established and will keep the soil from eroding on sloped areas after a rain on bare ground. Small grains will also act as a temporary cover for the grasses as they establish their root system. The idea of a cover crop is being used all over the world today in lawn and reclamation landscape."

In the fierce New Mexico weather, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lawn. Peabody recommends having a lawn size for which you can provide all water needs, especially during droughts. Some types of grass like buffalo and blue gamma are drought tolerant, while fescue, ryegrass, and perennial ryegrass have a high demand for water. Depending on which type of grass you choose, says Peabody, you could find yourself watering the lawn as often as three times a week, or just once every two weeks. Adding a fertilizer, winterizing and insect control will help maintain a healthy lawn.

CCI can ship products to any location, ensuring that the seeds arrive at the right time for planting. The business has been a family-managed and -owned and values its links to the local community. Staff regularly contribute Christmas gifts to local charities for children and the disabled.

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Gilbert Garcia

I would like to know what kind of grass is best for the area I live in, Gila New Mexico.


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