Using Native Grass on Airports


Loomacres biologists have conducted research at several airports testing the suitability of several native grass species to create a low maintenance ground cover as well as their attractiveness or rather, unattractiveness to wildlife. In many cases Native species have an advantage, in that they are adapted to the local conditions, are not likely to become invasive, are low maintenance and require less pesticides. As travel and the need for airport expansion increases and wildlife populations expand and with maintenance budgets being lowered, airport managers would be wise to consider including native grass species suitable for their area in their re-vegetation plans. Loomacres has the experience to make recommendations for both airport seeding and plantings that will be part of the airports wildlife hazard management plan. Loomacres can create a plan for grass establishment tailored to any airport.