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on February 05, 2007, 08:14:47 am
by R Birch

Full of vibrant colors and interesting textures, the wildflower meadow are often a welcome change to the lawn or the traditional garden . Since the meadow landscape is based on a natural landscape and are self-sustaining they require a clear understanding of a site's natural environment. Wildflower meadows are dynamic. Some species in the meadow will survive year after year while others may disappear and be replaced with something new. Wildflower meadows are not just beautiful, they're also ecological beneficial. They are only mowed once a year, introduce native species of plants and attract wildlife.

With some forethought and some labor, wildflower meadows are easily established. Once they are established, they're low maintenance Proper site preparation will limit the ability of unwanted grasses and weeds to establish themselves. Map out a sunny area of the garden and plant the seeds in the spring. Wildflowers don't like competition with weeds and grasses so you'll need to prepare the garden to increase germination rates. Preparation includes the removal of existing vegetation from the garden area, this will reduce the risk of unwanted weeds and grasses invading the site. Weeds have certain characteristics which wildflowers don't. Weeds are generally not a member of the natural plant community, grow quickly, produce a great number of seeds, and can be invasive.

Aim to have equal percentages of wildflowers and native grasses in the meadow. Though not as visually striking at any one point in time the wildflower garden offers far more diversity in plant variety over the course of a season and a more diverse floral display than a perennial or annual bed. Avoid using the meadow in a can method. They usually contain far to many annual which will only last one year. While annuals will add to the color of the meadow perennial should comprise the majority of the plants. The seed heads of native grasses which are found throughout a wildflower meadow give it its fall color. Starting a wildflower meadow from solely seed can work but it take a while the establish itself. Use a mix of seed and established plants for the best results.

Wildflower meadows require mowing only once a year. It best to wait until the fall after the seeds have dropped from the plants This will allow the plants to get an early start in the spring. Mowing only once a year will keep your garden in the meadow state, without mowing saplings from surrounding trees will begin to invade the site.

Though wildflower meadow takes a bit longer to establish, they are worth the wait. Try new plants each to find what will work best in your area. With a little effort and patience, you'll be rewarded with a low maintenance, colorful landscape.

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R Birch is the publisher of http://www.GardenListings.com , a garden resource website. Visit http://www.GardenListings.com/Resources.htm for all kind of gardening advice.
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