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Hilbert Provides Park Board With Information On Natural Grass Areas

Greg Hilbert, president of the Ste. Genevieve Golf Club, attended the February 25 meeting of the Ste. Genevieve Parks and Recreation board to speak on natural grasses.

The board had previously agreed to invite him to come and share his experiences. The golf club has planted wild grasses on its property, as the park board hopes to do in Pere Marquette Park.

Hilbert said this will be the golf club’s third season of partnering with the Missouri Department of Conservation [MDC] in planting wild grasses and flowers.

“It’s kind of a neat program,” Hilbert said. “They do an assistance program. They pay for 50 percent of your cost — actually a little bit more than that.”

He said MDC will send someone out to take GPS readings and calculate square footage and give the board a list of various grasses and forbes [wild flowers] that it would recommend. They will all be native to Missouri

“You have to put so many pounds of each down per acre to fit their guidelines.” Hilbert said. “We wanted more native grasses out there [at the golf course] because it’s more aesthetically pleasing.”

He said the park board would be looking at 2020 at the earliest.

See complete story in the March 6 edition of the Herald.

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