A green thumb doesn’t come easy to everyone. If you’re someone who struggles to keep potted flowers thriving, there’s still a way you could introduce flowers into your life without much risk of disaster. A wildflower garden full of lavender flowers, daisies, black-eyed Susans and whatever else is native to your area could be the answer to your problems. The best part? They’re easy to plant and maintain.
According to the BBC, a patch of sunny lawn is the perfect place to transform into a wildflower meadow, which will be the ideal habitat for wildlife and a welcome addition to your landscaping. With several varieties of grass and flower seeds that are native to your area, you shouldn’t have much trouble transforming your backyard into a colorful haven.
To prepare the area where your wildflower garden will go, you’ll need to clear it of weeds, grass and whatever else might be growing there. According to SxTong.com, this can be done by manually weeding, applying an herbicide or using solarization, which requires you to cover the area with clear plastic sheeting for a few weeks to allow the sun to bake the weeds.
Choosing the Seeds
To create the most natural effect, WildFlowerFarm.com recommends planting your grass and flowers together. The root systems of the grass will be dense, which will effectively stop weeds from growing, but you’ll have to plant deep-rooted flowers that can share the soil underneath.
As far as placement is concerned, it’s a good idea to sow your taller flowers and grass in the back and the shorter varieties in the front, for optimum viewing, reports the news source. It’s also beneficial to mix together flowers that bloom in different seasons, so that you’ll always have something in prime condition. Use a few large plants to act as focal points then scatter a variety of colored flowers throughout the space.
Planting a wildflower garden is an easy prospect. Once your soil has been prepared and you’ve chosen your seeds and where they’ll go, SxTong.com suggests using a rake to prepare for the seed spreading (the grooves in the dirt will allow seeds to settle there). Simply scatter your seeds where you want them to grow, then rake the area again and keep the ground moist until you notice seedlings poking their heads out. Easy, isn’t it?