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Australian native grasses for horse pastures - Part 4

May 2013 by Mariette van den Berg B.(hons) MSc(Equine Nutrition)

When European settlers first arrived in Australia, grasslands and grassy woodlands covered much of the continent. Many of the explorers referred to grasses as the dominant plants in the landscape. For thousands of years, grasslands and grassy woodlands were periodically burned, either as the result of lightning strikes, or by the firestick farming of native Australians.21 As a result, shrub and tree growth was suppressed, and grasses — mostly tussocky, persistent perennials — flourished.