How to Create a Prairie Garden

If you would like to create a prairie garden,that will be an excellent alternative to a landscaping scheme or a traditional lawn. People find prairie gardens really amazing, and caring for them is very easy. Here is what you need to do in order to create such a garden design:

1.Site selection

If you want prairie plants to grow beautifully,then you must plant them in areas with maximum sun exposure and in open spaces,with minimal root competition from trees.
Also,it is very important for you to know the soil type and surface drainage when you select the plants for your prairie. If you want, you can easily do a soil test and find out what type of soil you have.

2.Site preparation

First of all,before you start planting anything,you must remove all existing vegetation. There are three procedures to establish a prairie in an already existing lawn or area of other vegetation. The first one is to put a dark plastic sheet or pieces of plywood over the grass for at least two months before you start planting. The second procedure is to turn the soil and cultivate the area every few weeks for a complete growing season. The last method and the most common one involves using a nonselective herbicide which contains an active ingredient glyphosate,such as Kleenup or Round Up,to kill the existing vegetation.

3.Plant selection

You must always select plants with the characteristics of the site you had in mind as the plants vary in their tolerance of light and moisture. You should include grasses because they provide physical support,protection for wild flowers and an important source of food and shelter for birds during the winter.

4.Plants vs seeds

You can create a prairie from plants or seeds. If you start one from seed,that would be more economical whereas if you start one from plants,it would be more expensive. When using seeds, it will take two to five years for the plants to reach full size,but when you use plants,they might flower really quickly, in the first year. Some species are also available only as live plants. Better results can be achieved by using seed mixes created for your area.

5.Planting times

The best time to direct sow seeds outdoors is before the heat of the summer and after frost. Many seeds are very small and should be spread thinly to achieve the best results. Watering after seeding is not essential but it does improve germination.