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How to Start a Spring Wildflower Garden

How-To: Start a Spring Wildflower Garden

If you're planning on adding some wildflowers to your Spring gardening, I have some tips to get you started.

  • If you're starting your wildflower garden on an area that's already grassy or full of unwanted plants, you can kill the plants by putting down about six to eight layers of wet newspaper. After a month to a month and a half, you'll have a weed- and grass-free area to plant seeds or seedlings upon. You can shred the newspaper to use as mulch (it's good for your soil), or, you can compost it.
  • If you're planting a small area, you can use seedlings instead of seeds.
  • Make sure to sow your seeds when danger of frost is past.

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  • If you plant perennial seeds in Spring or Summer, do not expect flowers to bloom that year.
  • Annuals will grow and bloom quickly, but will then die with the first frost. To make your wildflower garden pretty the first year, you may want to supplement perennial wildflowers with some annuals.
  • Wildflowers look best in a semi-natural spot, such as on the edges of your lawn, close to trees, or by a field.
  • Wildflowers love sunny spots, so plan accordingly!
  • For convenience's sake, you may want to make sure your garden hose can reach your wildflowers.
  • Some of your wildflower seeds may germinate in as few as eight days, while others may not appear for months. That's part of the fun though, and it will give you something to look forward to every day!
Join The Conversation
Fanlin Fanlin 7 years
Yes, it does work. We didn't use eight layers of newspaper, though. You can also use this in your vegetable patch if you don't want to weed it everyday. The downside is that it is not a permanent solution. You will have to replace the newspaper when it breaks down as it is mentioned in the article as mulch.
Laura-Trevey Laura-Trevey 7 years
Great post! I have wanted to try this for a while!!
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 7 years
Newspaper! Really!? I've never heard that and would LOVE to clear an area of my yard. All I have to do is cover the area with 8 layers of newspaper and wet it? Can someone who's done this attest to its effectiveness?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
So pretty!
bushra bushra 9 years
does the tip about the newspaper really work? even on weeds?
emalove emalove 9 years
Are those black-eyed Susans?? So pretty...
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