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I'm new here, it looks like a great site, right up my alley. My kids are always giving me grief for being so "frugal".
I was wondering if anybody else out there has planted prairie habitat? I'm in west central Missouri, have a 2 1/2 acre yard, that takes entirely too much time and gas to mow, and would like to border the whole thing with native grasses and wildflowers.
I would welcome any advice offered.
You could plant native grasses such as Indian Grass, Shooting Star, Bergamot, prarie dock, cone flowers, liatris Spikada.
( Here are some photos: http://www.epa.gov/grtlakes/greenacres/prairie.html )
Butterfly weed, Brown Eyed susans.
Usually, at the end of summer, walmart has a sale on flower seeds for .10 a packet. Get a bunch of different prairie flowers amd dump all of the seeds together. Till up the soil along the edge of your property, just wide enough for a border and spread the seeds by tossing handfuls. Then, spread a bale of hay to keep the birds from eating your new border. Most of the flowers will reseed themselves next year.
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