A reclamation mix blended to provide a consistent cover under moist conditions. When established this is an excellent group of species for wildlife food and cover.
Contains: Bebb's Sedge (Carex bebbii), Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata), Blunt Broom Sedge (Carex scoparia), Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), Fox Sedge (Carex vulpinoidea), Green Bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens), Heath Aster (Aster pilosus), Lurid Sedge (Carex lurida), New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae), Purple Stemmed Aster (Aster puniceus), Soft Rush (Juncus effusus), Spotted Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum), Square Stemmed Monkey Flower (Mimulus ringens), Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Tall Mannagrass (Glyceria grandis), Virginia Wild Rye (Elymus virginicus), Woolgrass (Scirpus cyperinus).
One package of 500 grams covers 200 sq. m. (2150 sq. ft.).
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|How To Grow
Native mixes do best when planted in the fall, between Oct. 15th and Nov. 15th. Late fall sowings additionally stratify the seed. An early spring sowing in April will work but not as effectively. If ideal growing conditions are unavailable, the seed may go dormant and not germinate until the spring of the following year.
Remove weeds by hand or apply an organic non-selective herbicide. Loosen soil to 2.5 cm (1") depth with a stiff rake, cultivator or hoe. Prairie flowers and grasses will germinate and establish themselves much better when planted into a bed of well drained soil, rather than compost or dense compacted topsoil. Broadcast the seed and let mother nature do the rest. Smaller seeds can be mixed with dry sand to improve distribution when sowing. Rain, snow and frost-heaving of the soil will work the seed down into the soil bed. If you choose to do a spring planting, make sure the seed comes into good contact with the soil & irrigate as needed.
We advise cutting the seeded area to a height of 20 cm (8") at least twice during the first year of growth. This mowing helps to control aggressive weeds so that the target plants have a better chance of getting established. In extreme outbreaks of aggressive weeds, selective hand weeding may be required.
Two final points: Native mixes take from 3 to 5 years to fully express themselves.
Do not expect any kind of organization with a native seed planting - they are chaotic and totally random in appearance. In other words, they are natural!