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Tips to Grow and Maintain Wildflowers in Your Yard

May 2nd, 2013 Gardening

When spring is finally in the air and the world is slowly but surely turning green, it is certainly one of the most exciting times of the year for home gardeners. While you may have already planted your bulbs in the fall and have your flowerbeds planning out, there are a few areas of your yard that could still use some attention. If you're looking for a unique challenge that only the greenest of thumbs can handle, why not try your hand at planting wildflowers? These flowers are an excellent source of ground cover and can dramatically improve the aesthetics of your outdoor spaces. The following tips will help educate you on the basics of wildflower gardening and how to keep them as a fixture of your yard for years to come.

Plan your wildflower meadow Because wildflowers can spring up very quickly and cover a lot of territory, you should plan ahead of time to choose a spot of your yard where they will make the greatest visual impact. According to WildflowerMix.com, during the initial establishment period, you'll need to perform far more maintenance on the area than a standard garden. Invest in a variety of garden tools like rakes, trowels and shovels, and be sure to remove any traces of weeds and large rocks and smooth over the dirt when it's completed. Additionally, make sure that you find a spot that will receive sunlight at least six hours of each day to give the growing cycle a major boost.

Choosing the ideal season According to AmericanMeadows.com, wildflower planting season can occur anywhere from spring to fall, and each one holds its own unique advantages. Spring planting will allow you to eradicate a vast majority of weeds before they're given a chance to grow over the course of summer, and you have the added benefit of enjoying them throughout the warm weather months. Summer planting is appropriate, but it may prove to be more difficult with higher temperatures and a greater need for regular watering. Last but not least, if you're looking to go for fall planting, this practice will have the added benefit of a much earlier blooming season in the spring, and with a bit of extra care during autumn, the flowers can flourish throughout the warm weather months.

Seeding instructions When it's time to lay down wildflower seeds, be sure to follow the instructions for each product and avoid overseeding in specific areas. Remember, seeds have a much better chance of germinating and growing proper roots when they have space to grow, so be sure to space them out equally throughout your flowerbed. One way to ensure that you have appropriate spacing is with a seed spreader or the same type of product you would use to spread fertilizer. Next, cover the seeds for several weeks to prevent them from drying out or being eaten by birds and consistently water them for 4-6 weeks after planting.

Long-term maintenance Once your ground has been sown and your seeds planted, you may think that your wildflower meadow will run its course throughout the warm weather months. While wildflowers are known for needing little maintenance, there are a few tasks you should keep up with. While some weeds are acceptable in your garden, keep an eye out for weed clumps that could inhibit the growth of your wildflower roots. Last but not least, during the fall when your flowers have dropped their seeds and the weather has gotten colder, mow the entire area to allow the natural fertilizers to take hold and prime your wildflowers for another growing season.