from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of various grasses highly esteemed for hay; particularly, in the northern United States, timothy grass, Phleum pratense. In Pennsylvania and the Southern States the name is also given to the redtop grass, Agrostis vulgaris. See timothy and redtop. Also herd-grass.
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The dew still lay in myriad drops on the red herd's-grass, turning it to lavender in the morning sun, and the heavy scent of the wet ferns hung in the forest.
Their yellow breasts contrast with the tender green of the newly-springing clover and herd's-grass.
Phleum pratense (herd's-grass), on carries, at camps and clearings.
Maize, wheat, and clover for two years, usually occupy the ground, in succession, both on upland and lowland, herd's-grass (red-top of New York), sometimes taking the place of the clover, or being grown with it for hay, in which case the ground remains in sward for several years.
The clover may be pastured the following year, but in the year succeeding that, it is allowed to grow unchecked until August, when it is plowed in, the ground again guanoed, and wheat sown with herd's-grass (red-top) and clover, which is to remain, for mowing and pasture, as long as the ground will profitably sustain it.