About the Wildflower Lawns
It’s early winter now, and the next couple months are the ideal time for spreading wildflower seeds. Native species perennials have unique cultural needs. Perennials in the northeast need stratification to germinate. The seeds have a tough exterior hull that needs to freeze and thaw to crack open and start growing. Some people prefer to stall the seeds in their freezers for a couple months, then plant them outside in the warm spring weather. That works too. But for wildflower lawns, meadow-scaping or pre-planned, cleared new garden space- winter seed sowing is ideal.
The wildflower lawn seeds are composed of 3 native plants we find in lawns all the time: 2 different Asters and a Yarrow. There are over 30 NY native Aster species! Here at the wildflower farm, 14 species are grown. The wildflower lawn Asters do very well in the lawn. Often you find these plants naturally growing in people’s lawns. They blend into the turf and have green foliage year-round (evergreen). A thick, lush carpet forms that’s both mow-able and step-able. Can you imagine a low maintenance, vibrant green that’s free from chemicals and irrigation? Plus, the landscape becomes instant, easy butterfly habitat. Butterfly species like the Pearl Crescent and Silver Checkerspot are supported in a wildflower lawn. The Asters they need to complete their life cycle (“host plants”) just grow effortlessly. Why not add some wildflower lawn seed to your lawn this year? A pound of wildflower lawn seed is enough to blend in well in an average to large yard space, up to an acre.
There’s lots of reasons to evolve to a wildflower lawn concept, instead of the heavy chemical input, irrigation and labor intense traditional, uniform lawn. A lawn can be transformed into a platform for beauty and continuing life. The lawn of the future is like a butterfly dancefloor, teeming thick with biodiversity instead of sanitized and barren. And the wildflower lawn is easier to care for, on top of all that nature building goodness. Cooperating with nature is less effort and more fun.
If you’d like to hire our landscaping crew to handle creating a wildflower lawn for your yard, let’s talk. Fill out our customer intake form and we’ll be in touch.