Illinois Grasses

Grass is vital to the health of ecosystems.

Grasslands cover nearly one-third of the Earth's land surface. They improve biodiversity, regulate water flow, control erosion, mitigate climate, and enhance pollination. Grasslands provide habitat and food for wildlife and livestock. Land managers, farmers, naturalists, and gardeners want to know which grass is which so you can manage undesirable grasses and promote desirable ones. Illinois Extension can help you learn which grasses have forage and wildlife benefits, which are potentially harmful if left untreated, and when to take action.

Is it good grass or bad grass?

Are you wanting to tell if you have a desirable grass for wildlife on your property or a nuisance that should be managed before it gets out of control? Stick around, and we’ll step into grass identification – one grass at a time!