prairie grass and native wild flowers

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  1. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    i have a section of property i dont want to perform weekly maintenance on.

    anyone tackle a prairie grass restoration project?

    where can one find seed for such a thing?
     
  2. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I would give Albert lea seed house a call. I'm sure they can get the seed you need.
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  3. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks jim,

    I have a call into the conservation people in my county. Maybe they will have some info.

    I don't know much about it so is someone wants to mention any tips or maybe they found a good seed mix, that'd be great!
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  4. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I know the stuff is expensive. My dad planted 5 acres of crp and had to put some wild flower stiff in the mix. Not sure what is was, but its what the conservation office told him to plant and how much. I believe it was a pound and was just over a $100.
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  5. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    Some of the area needs finish grade. From what I'm learning they say its almost too late for the prairie and expecially The wild flowers. They say wait till spring or do a dormant seeding.

    Problem is then in the spring I have to contend with weeds and it washing out.

    Plus I will have to wait another 9 months and stare at my bare dirt and poor grade.
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  6. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Can you plant wheat or oats in now just to give you some cover til spring? There is round up wheat available. Just cut as needed. In the spring if you choose to wait you will need to do some erosion control.
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  7. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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  8. RodneyK

    RodneyK LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ernst Seeds puts out a downloadable catalog that is a great resource for this type of project. It compares fall vs. spring seeding, etc. I have an area like this at my place. It was challenging to get it going in the right direction.

    If you want something simple you could just seed it with Jacklin Scottish Links mix.
     
  9. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yes. Kind of what I was thinking. It involves lots of slopes and ditches too.

    I was thinking of maybe oats or an annual rye, something cheap. Then in spring round-up the grass and weeds. Aerate(I have a nice one on my garden tractor) overseed, roll,water(if needed).

    What do you think? That should give me time too to see what type of grass and flowers I'd like also.
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  10. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you are going to distrub the top 4" of the soil do it early as this releases dormant weed seeds. Do not do it right before planting your desirables.

    Also some wild flowers germinate in the fall, winter over and bloom in the spring. Die in the summer and germinate in the fall.
     

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