Grasses at a Glance
flower of bulbous bluegrass held in a hand
Read article: Watch out for Bulbous Bluegrass, a weedy grass
Watch out for Bulbous Bluegrass, a weedy grass
While hiking through an open woodland, I saw a grass that looked different from any other I’ve seen before. I bent down and snapped some pictures,...
clump of grass with dried curled leaves
Read article: Identifying Poverty Oat Grass
Identifying Poverty Oat Grass
I love when plant identification is easy, when there’s one distinctive characteristic that makes a plant stand out from others around it, leaving no...
clumps of prairie dropseed in bloom next to a walkway
Read article: Add Prairie Dropseed to your home garden
Add Prairie Dropseed to your home garden
Last fall I visited the Missouri Botanic Garden with my family, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they added a fair amount of grasses to the...
field of green blades of grass
Read article: Refresh your grass identification skills
Refresh your grass identification skills
Spring is here and plants are greening up and leafing out almost 3 weeks ahead of schedule! My neighbors and I have already been out and about doing...
river oats seeds
Read article: Growing native grasses from seed
Growing native grasses from seed
Over the past two months, I’ve been working with Master Gardener and Master Naturalist volunteers to sort, clean, and package seeds of native plants...
Green lawn grass with fallen leaves
Read article: What color is your lawn this fall?
What color is your lawn this fall?
As the days shorten and winter approaches, nature has taken on a bleaker appearance. Deciduous trees have lost their leaves, wildflowers have gone to...
woman holding clump of soil and roots
Read article: Going underground to explore the hidden benefits of grasses
Going underground to explore the hidden benefits of grasses
Before the first hard frost came at the end of October, I planted many native plants around our new house. I brought some of my favorite plants with...
patch of small carpetgrass in bloom
Read article: Identifying and reporting Small Carpetgrass, an invasive grass in Illinois
Identifying and reporting Small Carpetgrass, an invasive grass in Illinois
While identifying plants at a prairie reconstruction last month, I came across a new grass that I’ve not seen before. Unfortunately, it is an...

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Grasses at a Glance dives into grass identification, focusing on tips and tricks that make grass identification possible. Get information about native and non-native species, how to tell look-alikes apart, and which grasses you can find in Illinois. 

 

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Meet the author

Erin Garrett is a natural resources, environment, and energy educator for University of Illinois Extension serving Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski, and Union counties. Erin develops and delivers high impact programming to adults and youth to help them develop an appreciation for natural resources and to empower them to make small changes to positively impact the environment. Erin’s programming focuses on why homeowners should consider choosing native plants, how to support native pollinators, how to identify grasses, how to identify and manage invasive species, and developing an appreciation for prairie ecosystems.