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dreamdoctor

When I planted my initial stand of prairie I made the mistake of loosening the soil as I would do for other plants - the weeds loved it. Barely scratch the soil and then rake the seed in and then compact it. This will keep the weeds down and help keep the seed in place. You will still need to mow the first year and pull out the really obnoxious weeds.

I also did not kill off all the lawn grass first - thought the prairie would smother it - they compete for nutrients and sun it would seem but in general I am happy with it - did it differently from then on however. To spread the prairie I just kill off the grass and let the seed blow.

When I am at a prairie in the fall I collect seed - after I've flagged the plants when they are in bloom (an inconspicuous twist tie).

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Maraly
We planted a wildflower meadow this spring in our North Carolina home. It is an area larger than 1/4 acre in front of our house that used to have invasive grasses. We purchased 20 lbs of a southeastern mix of annuals and perennials. Every day I get up and I am dazzled by the ever changing beauty. Some of these were over 6 feet tall! We will be mowing it soon. Wish us luck that they return next spring.
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starchild2008

ox eye daisies grow everywhere - i don't know why they list them as noxious - it doesn't stop people from growing them -

   

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