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prairie

a treeless grassy plain of the central US and S Canada

Prairie

 

a tract of grassland in North America (Canada and the United States) resembling a steppe or, less frequently, a savanna. Prairie soils are similar to chernozems. The natural grass vegetation, which has survived in small areas, forms a thick, high (up to 1.5 m) cover consisting primarily of perennial grasses with deep root systems. The principal species are beard grass, feather grass, and couch grass. Trees are encountered primarily in river valleys and the least dry low-lying regions. In the north there are stands of aspen, poplar, and willow, and in the south oak, hazel, and poplar predominate. Forest-steppe areas with birch, aspen, and pine woodlands have survived in some parts of Canada. The term “prairies” is also used to designate level regions in North America having open woodlands and thick, high grassy vegetation.

prairie

[′prer·ē]
(geography)
An extensive level-to-rolling treeless tract of land in the temperate latitudes of central North America, characterized by deep, fertile soil and a cover of coarse grass and herbaceous plants.
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When I broke the news to Bob, he established a new goal: the last sprigs of sparse prairie grass that lined the old fencerow, a distance of about 40 yards ahead.
Cinergy provided the DNR with about $5,000 worth of prairie grass seed last year to be planted at a couple of fish and wildlife areas.
macrocarpum and an unidentified Glomus species were positively correlated with cover of the dominant tallgrass prairie grass A.
And much of the prairie grass has been plowed under to grow corn and soybeans.
Fed up with the hassle, Watts turned to xeriscaping 11 years ago Today he grows wildflowers and buffalo grass, a native prairie grass that can be left to grow naturally (it reaches a maximum height of 6 to 8 inches) and is drought- and cold-tolerant.
The yard was overgrown and, where the grass was cut at all, John had used a scythe, methodically cutting back the prairie grass and the tall thistles.
In years prior, this trip happened in mid-October, where we would pursue pre-rut muleys in the sagebrush and brown prairie grass that lined the drainages of the state's two largest rivers.
com)-- Chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris of Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.
The place was 80 acres of domestic sunflowers next to 240 acres of an under-grazed cattle pasture covered by wild prairie grass.
They work with conservation groups, rotate their herds to encourage a healthy mix of prairie grass and set aside ample room for sage grouse, plovers and herons.
Eighteen months ago, I belly crawled past rattlesnakes and through yucca and short prairie grass, and after three years and at least 25 failed stalks and sets, took a Kansas pronghorn goat at seven yards coming to a decoy I had popped up.
The battlefield looks "shaggy," he said, with prairie grass intermixed with brush, but he hopes to return the site to what it looked like in 1836.