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Wildlife Food & Shelter Mixture 8265

$105.00 - $175.00

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Provides an excellent source of food for larger wildlife and a permanent habitat too!

 

Contains: Arrow Wood (Viburnum dentatum), Awl Sedge (Carex stipata), Blunt Broom Sedge (Carex scoparia), Cosmos Sedge (Carex comosa), Fowl Bluegrass (Poa palustris), Fox Sedge (Carex vulpinoidea), Grey Dogwood (Cornus racemosa), Hercules Club (Aralia spinosa), Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum), Virginia Wild Rye (Elymus virginicus).

 

One package of 500 grams covers 200 sq. m. (2150 sq. ft.).

  • 500g $105.00
  • 1kg $175.00

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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 the following year.

Site Preparation

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!
High Summer
Perennial
Direct Sow in Spring However Direct Sow in Fall is Preferred
Full Sun
Winter Hardy
Prior Experience Beneficial
Native of Ontario
Wetland habitat creation and restoration.
Wet meadow habitat creation and restoration
Wildlife food and cover.
Water quality improvement projects.
Erosion control.
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