hay scented fern native sod bordering a walkway or patio area
Hay Scented Fern native sod along a walkway
native hay scented ferns along the edge of a wooded property
Native Hay Scented Fern bordering a wooded property
try native hay scented fern sod instead of grass in a shady side yard
Hay Scented Fern side yard

Native Sod: Hay Scented Fern

Dennstaedtia punctilobula

When you need to fill an area quickly with native plantings that prevent erosion and are resistant to deer, hay scented fern is an excellent choice. If you are wondering how it gets its name, it’s because the foliage smells like fresh hay when you crush it between your fingers.

Hay scented fern has a fresh, spring green color in spring and summer, while the fall season brings a golden hue to the foliage. Since this native fern spreads easily, we recommend planting it in large, shaded areas that you need to fill quickly.

About Hay Scented Fern Native Sod

Hay scented fern native sod thrives in light to heavy shade and prefers well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter. It will also tolerate partial sun, especially if it’s morning sun rather than hot afternoon sun. This native sod is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 8, so keep your zone in mind.

As with most ferns, hay scented ferns require consistent moisture. So be sure to water at times when rainfall is not sufficient. Adding a two-inch layer of mulch consisting of composted leaves or pine needles will help retain moisture and keep the roots cool.

We recommend fertilizing in early spring with a slow-release fertilizer. If necessary, treat for slugs and snails in late spring by applying bait or diatomaceous earth around the base of the fronds. When the foliage dies back after a heavy frost in fall, cut it down to soil level and protect with mulch through winter. Doing so will help to prevent ferns from heaving out of the soil during winter.

Download our Hay Scented Fern Fact Sheet to learn more about soil quality, sunlight requirements, and maintenance of your hay scented fern sod.

Hay scented fern native sod is sold by the square foot and each piece measures approximately 16″ x 24″. Whether you’re a landscape architect, contractor, or homeowner, New England Pro Greens and Turf can supply native hay scented fern sod for you to install. If you aren’t able to install it yourself, then we can install it for you! Call us at 888-934-5999 for further information or to place an order.

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More Native Sods

New England Pro Greens and Turf can also supply Huckleberry, Lowbush Blueberry, Haircap Moss, Bunchberry, and Interrupted Fern native sods. If you’re interested in a type of native sod you don’t see here, then contact us! We just may be able to provide it.

huckleberry native sod will grow in full sun or part sun in your landscape
Huckleberry Native Sod
in addition to hay scented fern lowbush blueberry is one of the most popular native sods we offer
Lowbush Blueberry Native Sod
haircap moss native sod prefers a damp and shady location in the landscape
Haircap Moss Native Sod
bunchberry native sod requires acidic soil and grows best in part to full shade areas of the landscape - also known as creeping dogwood
Bunchberry Native Sod
interrupted fern native sod has spore bearing leaflets that interrupt the broad fronds of the plant
Interrupted Fern Native Sod

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