Native seed can be planted in the spring, summer, fall, or believe it or not, even winter. The best time is when weed competition is minimal and the seedbed is in a receptive condition. Usually that means May through October, but seed can even be put on snow if the seedbed below is ready to go.
PRI will evaluate your site and make specific recommendations about optimum timing to assure the best possible outcome for your project!
Broadcasting is the simplest, most reliable method of seeding and definitely the choice for wildflower seeding. For areas larger than a football field, tractors and drills are normally used. The key to success is seed to soil contact to help seeds gain and retain moisture necessary for germination and to provide a substrate for seedling growth.
Seedling plants are often added immediately after the seeding is completed. This step adds another level of diversity by introducing selected important species that are not readily available from seed. Potted seedlings may be planted from spring thaw through freeze-up; mid-summer seedling plantings often require some supplemental watering during establishment.
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