Depending on the size you want, it’s not too late to plan a meadow for your property. Native wildflowers and native grasses have deeper root systems than their non-native counterparts. These roots help strengthen soil against erosion, absorb more rainwater, reduce stormwater runoff and even sequester and store carbon.
Select a location for your meadow that is generally sunny and well-drained. Existing lawn areas or fields are ideal. The size of the meadow should be determined by how much space you are willing to dedicate to the project and your budget. As a guide, a quarter-acre meadow would require approximately 2,700 wildflower plugs planted 2 feet on center.
February – Late March: Work with a landscape professional or reputable nursery that specializes in native plants to place an order for wildflowers that can be scheduled to arrive for installation in mid-April – early May.
Late March – Early April: Begin preparing the meadow area by mowing it to a height of 2-3 inches. Continue to mow the project area until you are ready to install the wildflower plugs.
For inspiration, feel free to stop by the Willistown Conservation Trust office and have a look at our meadow. It’s been established for nearly 10 years and shows what you can look forward to.