Anybody else ready to get out of their house, but know they shouldn’t go anywhere public? Good thing there’s a stellar project you can do in your backyard without having to come in contact with anybody! And did I mention it’s one of the BEST things you can do for the environment?
Transforming a space into a wildflower meadow, what scientists call “rewilding,” is simple, effective, and LOW MAINTENANCE. That last part can’t be said enough!
***For those of you who are at all curious about how to start a wildflower meadow in your backyard (or wherever), it couldn’t be easier. I encourage you to look through my archive of blog posts. You’ll find helpful tips ranging from what seeds to buy and from where, how to plant, weeding, and so much more.***
You maybe thinking, “Okay, so the labor to remove your lawn was a decent amount of work given the square footage, the planting was super simple, and the maintenance through the fall was minimal, but that’s not enough for me. What about after winter is over and you’re left with decay and straw?”
The answer? Still low maintenance. I spent an hour raking up some of the straw and leaves today, being as thorough as I pleased; I even could see the dirt again in some patches. But these plants are hardy, and they don’t necessarily need all the debris to be removed for them to do well in the next couple of weeks. Basically, any amount of work you’ve done to remove that layer of decay is more than enough to help your dormant plants.
In the coming week, I’ll be reseeding the area, this time with a partial shade mix of annuals and perennials. You can find a link to American Meadows here on my blog. But the cost to reseed ended up being roughly $15 for a half pound of seeds! Plus, they arrived within the week.
If you’re thinking of starting this project yourself, you haven’t missed the deadline yet! In fact, in some climates, it may be a little too cold still for some seeds!
I’m home with my family while the world is social distancing, and this couldn’t be a better time. That goes for you too. You can order your seeds, transform your lawn, and watch the flowers grow all from the comfort of your own home!