<p>by Amanda<\/p><img src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2014\/10\/sunflowers.jpg" alt="Sunflowers" width="470" height="204" \/>\r\n\r\nWe\u2019re frequently asked to go over the step-by-step process of planting a <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/wildflower-seeds">Wildflower meadow <\/a>with gardeners. In fact, it\u2019s one of the most common questions I received while working in customer service for over 3 years. Although all of the steps are important, I wanted to highlight the three most important steps so you\u2019ll know to take extra care to do everything right during these parts of the process. You\u2019ll be thrilled that you did when your meadow is bursting in blooms!\r\n\r\n<a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/wildflower-seeds\/wildflower-mix"><img src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2014\/10\/mixed-wildflowers.jpg" alt="Mixed Wildflowers" width="270" height="256" align="right" \/><\/a>1. <strong>Clearing existing growth.<\/strong> This is technically under the \u201cpreparation\u201d part of the process, but clearing existing growth during preparation is a big one. Wildflowers won\u2019t compete well with existing plants, weeds, etc. and really need bare soil in order to thrive. Whether this means pulling everything by hand or renting a tiller, you should spend extra time on this step! A little extra work during the preparation stage will provide better results both short and long term.\r\n\r\n2. <strong>Choosing the right varieties.<\/strong> This is very important!! Many Wildflowers prefer 6+ hours of sunlight a day, so if your area receives less than this, you\u2019ll want to choose specific shade-tolerant varieties. Some varieties prefer sandy soil, others hate the cold, several varieties need a place to climb, etc. We\u2019ve solved this problem by creating a filter on the left side of our <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/wildflower-seeds\/wildflower-species">Wildflower page<\/a>s where you can choose your region, soil type, light requirements, etc. and it will show you the best varieties for your property. If you\u2019re still not sure, one of our <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/wildflower-seeds">regional mixtures<\/a> is always a great bet for a rainbow of blooms; they are specially formulated to thrive in certain regions of the country. Don\u2019t forget \u2013 Our helpful gardening experts are also here to help 6 days a week. You can either call them at (877)\u00a0309-7333 or send them an email.\r\n\r\n<a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/morning-glory-seeds"><img style="padding-top: 10px; padding-right: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px;" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2014\/10\/morning-glories.jpg" alt="Morning Glory Seeds" width="270" height="203" align="left" \/><\/a>3. <strong>Seed coverage\/compression. <\/strong>OK, I cheated a little and lumped two important steps into one. But they are both so important! Seed coverage is one of the main reasons customers don\u2019t have success with planting a Wildflower meadow. Over-seeding an area can result in the seedlings choking each other out, therefore not growing at all. Our <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/wildflower-seeds\/wildflower-mix">seed mixtures<\/a> cover 1,500-4,000 square feet per pound, depending on the coverage you want (lush blooms to a scattered, meadow look). Any more than this and you will have trouble with growth. Individual species vary greatly by variety. Before planting, check the coverage for each variety; for example, a pound of <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/red-poppy-seeds">Red Poppy seed<\/a> can cover up to 10,000 square feet and a pound of <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/wildflower-seeds\/sunflower-seeds">Sunflower seed <\/a>can only cover up to 400 square feet. For more information, read our article "<a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/how-much-seed-do-i-need">How Much Seed Do I Need?<\/a>".\r\n\r\nCompression is a super simple and extremely important step. Depending on the size of your planting area, either walk on the seed after you\u2019re finished planting or use a seed roller to compress the seed into the ground. The seed-to-soil contact is important for strong, healthy growth!\r\n\r\nDon't forget, if you ever have any questions about planting you can contact the Seed Man. With over 25 years of Wildflower experience, he's our resident expert on all things seed! Find him on <a href="https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/pages\/The-Seed-Man\/139627802828136">Facebook here<\/a> or <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email him here.<\/a>\r\n\r\n<img class="alignnone" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2014\/10\/zinnias.jpg" alt="Zinnia Seeds" width="470" height="164" \/>\r\n\r\nDo you have questions about <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/wildflower-seeds">Wildflower<\/a> planting? Feel free to ask in the comments below or on our <a href="https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/AmericanMeadows">Facebook page.<\/a> Happy Gardening!