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Wildflower Basics - Care and Maintenance
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:

  1. Reseeding
  2. Weed Control
  3. Supplemental Watering
  4. Fertilization
  5. Fall Mowing and Cleanup

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.

Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission | 7 Hazen Drive | PO Box 483 | Concord, NH 03302-0483

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