A while back I heard about Vetiver Grass. It sparked my interest but at the time the plant propagation business that told me about it did not have them in stock. I went back yesterday and asked again. Helen, who is the most helpful and knowledgeable lady, from Tree and Plant Propagation took me to see the grass they had growing. Hearing about the benefits from her I was hooked and left with 10 plants. After doing some research of my own once I got home I'm going to have to go back for more plants. Below is a few of the benefits and uses that I have found out about so far. A fast growing grass I'm keen to get it in the ground and see how it performs.
2. Deep rooted system that's non invasive makes this grass drought resistant. It also loosens compact soils and can be used as a barrier to stop encroachment of invasive grasses such as couch and kikuyu.
3. Animal feed for cattle, goats, sheep, rabbits and horses.
4. Can withstand a flow velocity up to 5 m per second increasing water infiltration and reduces evaporation. And ideal plant for river edges to prevent erosion of banks.
5. Can be used as mulch for garden, chop and drop or added to compost piles.
6. Used for cleaning of fuel and other contaminates out of soils
7. Reduces rainfall runoff and runoff speed. Protects against sheet erosion and stabilises soil. With careful planning and planting design rows of vetiver can hold back sediment and over time creates natural terraces
8. Can be planted next to crops without competing with crops for nutrients or water. Useful for wind shelter of young crops and filtering runoff from sprays and fertilisers.
In our farm/garden system it sounds like this is a plant that will work well for us. It ticks the box of having many uses and being non invasive will not leave us with issues in the future. There is even a Vetiver System you can view the technical manual HERE.