Maintenance is an essential ingredient in the creation of a successful wildflower planting. The key to an effective, long-term wildflower maintenance program is evaluation and timely follow-up.
Wildflower plantings should be evaluated periodically during the growing season to determine if expectations are being met. Some conditions must be dealt with promptly while others may be corrected at a later time. Here are five areas of maintenance that require consideration:
Fall Mowing and Cleanup
If a neat appearance is desired after the wildflowers have gone to seed, mow them to a height of four to six inches. To prepare the area for fall seeding, it may be necessary to remove any excessive plant material or mulch that could prevent good seed-soil contact. We cannot stress too strongly the importance of regular wildflower maintenance program, which will be dictated by the specific goals of the project. You will be rewarded with a wildflower planting that meets or exceeds expectations and provides beautiful display year after year.