Sodding Suggestions- Native Hay-Scented Ferns

Hay-Scented Ferns – Dennstaedita



Scientific Name: Dennstaedita

Common Name: Hay-Scented Ferns

Hardiness: USDA zone 3 – 8

How Sold: In slabs approximately 16″ x 24″  Contact us today to purchase some for your yard project!

Landscape use: Reserve Hay-scented Ferns (so called because the 36″ fronds do indeed smell of hay when bruised) for locations where you need to cover large expanses quickly and inexpensively with something deer resistant, attractive, and undemanding. They add fabulous texture to woodlands and landscape plantings.

Description: Hay-scented Fern is a fast-growing deciduous native that forms colonies. It can become invasive but is extremely useful as a ground cover for sun or shade—just don’t expect it to be a nice neighbor to choose little shade plants.

Planting Instructions: Ferns prefer soils high in organic matter that are well-drained but do not dry out. Most will tolerate poor soils and a pH of 4 to 7.   All Ferns thrive in light to heavy shade. Dig hole to depth of 1.5” to accommodate 16” x 24” slab. Water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Water Ferns regularly if rain is not sufficient, do not let the soil get completely dry. A two-inch-thick mulch of composted leaves or pine needles will help keep roots cool and damp.

Care & Maintenance: Early Spring: Divide or transplant as soon as new growth appears, and water well if it is unseasonably dry, as plants prefer an evenly moist soil. Fertilize gently with a slow-release fertilizer or use an organic mulch. Recently planted Ferns may be slow to appear but be patient. Mid-Spring: Water consistently if rainfall is not sufficient to keep soil moist. Apply a 2″ thick mulch of composted leaves or pine needles. Late Spring: Watch for slug or snail damage and treat as necessary. Summer: Continue regular watering as needed to maintain soil moisture. Fall: Cut foliage back to soil level when it dies back after a heavy frost. When the ground freezes, mulch to protect plants from heaving out of the soil in winter.

Diseases & Pests: None serious enough to worry about, other than the occasional slug attack. Fight back with bait or diatomaceous earth sprinkled around the base of the fronds. Ferns are deer-resistant, so they make an excellent choice for a woodland garden where deer are a problem.





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