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How to Get a Blooming Lawn

How to Get a Blooming Lawn

Given a large enough area to plough, or one small enough to dig over, it is possible to begin a flowering hay meadow from scratch with appropriate supplies from a reputable wildflower seed merchant.

This method would appear to have a lot to recommend it, as you can choose your favorite flower and grass mix suitable for local conditions.

Sit back and wait for a colorful pageant unfold before your eyes.

Until recently it was very difficult to buy wildflower seeds, bulbs or plants. Now there are reliable sources where you can buy guaranteed native species, sustainably grown and collected.

Editor’s Note: If you go to Google and put in “wildflower seeds” a number of sources of seeds show up. I was particularly interested in the variety offered by American Meadows (www.americanmeadows.com), because they offer both native varieties as well as standard wildflowers for any one region. You can turn any lawn into a meadow, the person I spoke to at the store says, in fact “people do it all the time.”

I was heartened that turning my lawn into a wildflower meadow was actually very possible. To plant you need to till, and you need one mowing a year–in the fall. The American Meadows site also provides the following seven pages of detailed instructions for how to plant your wildflower lawn.

Related Links:

Create an Edible Lawn
Create Your Own Healing Garden
Beautiful Wildflower Gardens

Read more: Nature, Lawns & Gardens

Adapted from The Blooming Lawn, by Yvette Verner (Chelsea Green Publishing, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Yvette Verner. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green Publishing.
Adapted from The Blooming Lawn, by Yvette Verner (Chelsea Green Publishing, 1998).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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8:18AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

Thanks for ..

7:18PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

Sounds lovely, thanks Annie :)

6:26PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Thanks...That is just what I want to do.

8:39AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

thx:)

1:36PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

thank you.

11:57AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

count me in! I am so done with "lawn", especially here in Colorado

7:19AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Thanks.

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