Definition of Prairie root system
Prairie plants have a much deeper root system than most crops and lawn grasses. The roots of prairie plants will often extend deeper into the soil than the stems that are above the ground. One acre of established prairie can produce 24,000 pounds of roots, and many prairie plants have roots that are 5-15 feet deep. The roots of prairie plants provide several ecosystem services. They decrease erosion, slow runoff, improve the soils ability to filtrate and hold water, store carbon, and improve soil health.