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Mid-Summer Meadow Marvels

I love this time of year as the success stories and pictures roll in from customers all across the country. It’s a time when we can sit back with a quenching drink and enjoy the ever-changing landscape our gardens provide.

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Last year I received a call from Leandro and Amy regarding a very large meadow planting at their home. It turns out they were located right around the corner so I headed on over to check out the property. Set on about 20 acres it was pretty obvious that space wasn’t going to be an issue. They were looking to add some color while also taking a more environmentally friendly approach to maintaining with a “grow don’t mow” objective.

Now into the second season you can see the great results they’re experiencing.

“Our children love to watch what happens as the season progresses – what will bloom next – and see what colors appear. We have learned so much about growing and the rewards from our efforts are immeasurable.” - Amy

Now I’ve certainly heard stories from our customers about how their meadows have attracted birds, bees and butterflies but Buffalo! Do you see what I see?

Great job Leandro and Amy!

I’m often asked if wildflowers are good to help combat soil erosion. I hear time and time again, “We’ve got a sloped area that nothing really seems to take and grow well. What can you recommend?” Well believe it or not sloped areas are one of the most popular places for sowing wildflowers. A wildflower mix with good variety and plenty of perennials not only will add color but keep the slope or steep area from eroding with their vast root structures holding the soil together.

This was the case of Rikk & Nola on their property in West Virginia. They had an embankment behind their property that they were thinking about transforming into a wildflower meadow.

“The bank pictured with all the wonderful blooms that are in the pictures I sent to you had not been cleaned off for 50 years. It was a jungle. After cleaning all the brush and weeding and grubbing for a year, I raked and cleaned the entire with my baseball cleats on because it is so steep” – Rikk

This is a great example of how Rikk was able to turn an otherwise barren, ugly area into a beautiful wildflower creation. And you thought you had to retire those old baseball cleats!

Thanks again to Leandro, Amy and Rikk and keep the stories and pictures rolling in.

~ The Seed Man

2 thoughts on “Mid-Summer Meadow Marvels”

  • Martha

    Seed man, one basic question. How do you clean when the plants die. Do you cut them, you mow? Do you plant on top of the dry ones.

    I just bought 1 acre and I would like it looks like yours. The only problem is that I never never never plant anything before.

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  • Mike Lizotte

    Hello Martha…

    Great question! We always recommend mowing or cutting your meadow back once a year at the end of the growing season. There are a few reasons for this, with the most important being that it helps disperse ripen seeds that the flowers produce at the end of the growing season. You can just leave the cuttings through the winter months as the new growth next season will emerge just fine.

    I would recommend a read of our “Quick Guide to Wildflowers” at http://www.americanmeadows.com/QuickGuideToWildflowers.aspx as you’ll find lots of helpful information on establishing a successful wildflower meadow.

    Happy Gardening!

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