Prairie planting- Gardening & Landscaping

Hi Everybody. 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

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    Hi Everybody.

    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.

    Thanks,

    susan

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    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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    Here's another link with tons of flower ideas:

    http://www.illinoisaudubon.org/educatio ... plants.pdf
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