Throughout the fall at the Tiger Prairie, the foliage may have looked brown, but while resting, our plants were busy "rooting down" and producing seeds for new growth in the spring. Grasses that flourished were little bluestem, bushy bluestem, Knotroot/marsh bristle-grass, silver bluestem, splitbeard bluestem, switchgrass, sideoats grama, big bluestem, florida paspalum, yellow indiangrass, and longspike tridens: a huge success this year! To help our prairie ecosystem diversify during this successional process, the Katy High School World Warriors and the Cinco Ranch Environmental Club joined forces and planted two pounds of Texas Coastal Prairie Seed Mix on February 1. Over 30 hard working students also sheet-mulched a patch of grass burrs with more work to follow.
For these students, the prairie is their stadium. It is where their passion lives and how they want to spend their time and energy. We are so proud of them and the desire they have to make the world a better place.
Thank-you to the Lady Bird Johnson Seed Grant and the Native American Seed Company for our seeds! We can't wait to see the fruits of our labor blossom this spring. A big thank-you also to Iris Poteet from the Katy Prairie Conservancy for our seed and stem bouquet and for helping us to remember that what looked lifeless, will soon be ready to bloom once again!