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How To Build A Farm Pond Step By Step: Easy To Follow Step By Step Guide For Planning, Digging, Aera HOT!

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How To Build A Farm Pond Step By Step: Easy To Follow Step By Step Guide For Planning, Digging, Aera


\r\nOur Complete Guide To Growing WildflowersEnjoy the magic of meadowscaping! Read on to learn everything you need to know about growing wildflowers. Click on a step to jump to that section of our guide.1. Plan Your Planting. Measure your planting area to find out how much seed you need, and plant at the right time for your climate.2. Prepare Soil. Prepare your soil by removing all existing growth and debris. Better soil preparation means more flowers!3. Sow Your Seeds. Follow the coverage rate for your wildflower seeds. If possible, time your planting to let Mother Nature water your seeds.4. Compress Seeds Into Soil. Good seed-to-soil contact encourages good germination and healthy roots. Do not bury wildflower seeds.5. Water Your Wildflower Planting. Water regularly to keep soil moist, not soaking wet, until seedlings are about 4-6 inches tall.6. Watch Growth & Blooms Appear. Sprouts will start in late spring or early summer. Sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy your wildflowers!Plus, Tips For Meadow MaintenanceFor Wildflower Seed Instructions & Helpful Tips : Watch Our Videos1. Plan Your Planting\r\n\r\nSeeds will germinate when your average soil temperature is 55\u00b0F or warmer. In spring, air temperatures often warm up before soil temperatures do. One of the most common mistakes people make is to sow seeds when the air is warm but the soil is still too cool - and in this case, seeds will lay dormant until the soil is warm enough for germination. Check your current soil temperatures here.\r\n\r\nTips For Choosing A Site For Wildflowers\r\nYour soil is probably already perfect for wildflowers. The test is simple: If anything is growing in the area \u2014 even if it's just grasses or weeds \u2014 the area should support wildflowers without concern.\r\nWildflowers do not need fertilizer to grow well. Wildflowers, as we see on every roadside, are extremely adaptable and do well in poor soils. \r\nFull sun is a must for most wildflower varieties. Choose a sunny spot that receives 6+ hours of sun. (For areas with 4+ hours of sun, our Partial Shade Wildflower Seed Mix is a great option.)\r\nGood drainage is a requirement. Choose a place where water does not stand for longer than one hour after a rainfall. (For wet areas, try our Wet Area Wildflower Seed Mix.)\r\nTips For Spring Planting Wildflowers in Colder Climates\r\nTo avoid the risk of a cold snap, plant after the last spring frost date chart for your area.\r\nEven after warm weather arrives in spring, there is still a lingering danger of late spring frosts that can kill off freshly-sprouted seeds and young plants. The greatest threat to spring-planted wildflowers in cold climates is late spring frosts that can kill tender young seedlings.\r\nEven after the risk of frosts has passed for the season, it's best to wait for the soil and air to warm up enough to provide favorable conditions for your plants to grow. For fast growth and strong, healthy plants, plant when your soil temperature reaches a minimum of 55\u00b0F, or as a rule of thumb, about the time that tomato plants are put outside.\r\nTips For Spring Planting Wildflowers in Warmer Climates\r\nWhen planting seeds in warmer climates with intense summertime heat, it's best to plant your wildflowers in early spring. Seeds will germinate as soon as your soil temperatures reach 55\u00b0F. This will allow young perennial wildflowers to establish without excessive heat, making for stronger and longer-lived plants, and give annual wildflowers time to bloom before intense heat arrives.\r\nIn warm, dry areas, as the weather heats up, regular watering will be very important for establishing your wildflowers. it can help to plan your planting around rain in the forecast. Consider choosing native wildflowers and\/or drought-tolerant wildflowers for best results.\r\nIf it's too hot where you live, or if you don't have access to water, you can safely store your seeds in an airtight container and plant in fall.\r\n2. Prepare Soil For PlantingBetter preparation = more wildflowers! Use a tractor or rototiller, hand tools, solarization\/smothering, or organic herbicides to clear your soil of weeds, grasses, and other plants (roots and all), to make room for your wildflowers to grow and thrive.\r\nWhy Is Soil Preparation Important?\r\nYour seeds will germinate better in a site without competing plants shading them out and stealing resources like nutrients and water.\r\nGrasses and weeds are vigorous growers that can out-compete wildflower seedlings, so removing them gives your wildflowers the best chance to thrive.\r\nSoil that has been loosened makes root growth much easier for thriving plants.\r\nSeeds need good contact with soil and plenty of sunlight to germinate and establish healthy roots.\r\nWithout the stress of competition early on, your young wildflowers will be better suited to compete with weeds and grasses that might try to grow back.\r\nWe don't recommend just throwing the seed out in the field or into grass; anyone who\u2019s tried scattering seed without removing other plants has been sorely disappointed when their wildflowers don\u2019t come up. \r\nFor details, see our helpful guide: 4 Ways To Prepare Your Site For Planting WildflowersPrepare Your Site: Better Soil Prep = More Flowers!Preparing the planting area is a task that you do not want to overlook. Trust us, it\u2019s the most critical step for success. No matter if you\u2019re sowing 5 acres or 5 square feet, the more time you spend prepping the area before seeding, the better results you\u2019ll have.\r\nClear weeds, grasses, and other plants (roots and all) to make room for your wildflowers to grow and thrive. There\u2019s a set amount of water, nutrients, and sunlight available in every planting space. By leaving other plants in place before sowing your seeds, you'll risk creating a competitive environment where your wildflowers will be stressed as they fight for resources. Crowding and competition can cause leggy growth (extra-long, floppy stems) and weak plants, which jeopardizes the lifelong health of your planting. We don't recommend just throwing the seed out in the field; anyone who\u2019s tried scattering seed without removing other plants has been sorely disappointed when their wildflowers don\u2019t come up.The better you prep the area, the more easily two very important things will happen:\r\nYour seeds will germinate quicker and stronger without competing plants shading them out and \u2018stealing\u2019 available food and water.\r\nWithout the stress of competition early on, your young wildflowers will be better suited to compete with weeds and grasses that might try to grow back.\r\nSeed Man's Planting Tip: Take your time and be thorough. After your hard work is over, you'll get years of low-maintenance enjoyment from your planting!4 Ways To Clear The Ground Before Planting Wildflowers\r\nWhile you have a few choices to consider for how to clear your soil, there are two factors that will help you to decide which one is the best for you: size and lead time.\r\nSize: Large spaces are more easily prepared with equipment like rototillers or tractors, whereas hand hand tools will be just fine for prepping small gardens and containers.\r\nLead Time: With a few weeks, months, or even an entire season ahead of your planting date, you may be able to prep your soil using labor-saving, cost-effective, and eco-friendly methods. Here are some soil prep approaches that work with different schedules:\r\nPlanting Immediately: If you're looking to sow your wildflower seeds within a week's time, we recommend rototilling or using hand tools to remove plant growth and existing roots. Some people rent or borrow equipment if they don't own it, while others are happy to prep their soil by hand to keep their planting budget-friendly.\r\nPlanting in 3 months: If you have a few months ahead of you, you can make use of natural herbicides and weed killers. This approach reduces physical labor, and also allows time for the chemicals to dissipate before they can do any harm to your wildflower planting. This time frame also allows you to work the soil with a tiller or hand tools muliple times, and for weed seeds to be repeatedly brought to the top of the soil and killed off, diminishing their overall appearance in your meadow.\r\nPlanting in 6+ months: With a good amount of time to spare, you have the option of solarization or smothering to kill off weeds and grass. This technique is very effective, does not require much physical effort, and costs very little.\r\n3. Sow Your Seeds\r\n\r\nOnce your site is prepared, choose a nearly windless day for planting. High winds and driving rains should be avoided (they can easily wash your planting away), but regular rainy days are a perfect way to water without needing to reach for the hose.\r\nSeed Man's Planting Tip: If possible, watch the weather and time your planting around rainy days. Let Mother Nature water your seeds!\r\n\r\nSeparate your seed into roughly two equal parts. Put each half into a bucket, bowl, bin, or large bag with plenty of extra room.\r\nMix sand & seeds. Add roughly eight parts dry sand to one part seed, and mix well. (For example: 8 cups sand to 1 cup seed.) Sand helps you spread seed more evenly, and since it is lighter than the soil, you'll be able to see where you've sown seeds. Always make sure that your sand is dry, especially if it has been stored outdoors. Wet sand has a tendency to clump and can cause your seed to be applied unevenly. If possible, starting with new sand helps prevent contamination.\r\nTest out your sowing technique. Your goal is to lay your seed down as evenly as possible, and you're likely to be surprised by how quickly it leaves your hand or the spreader. When using a seed spreader, always do a practice run first. This will help you get comfortable with sowing, by understanding how much seed comes out how fast.\r\nFor even application, scatter your seeds in two sowings. Take the first half of your seeds and sow them as evenly as possible, while walking across your site from north to south. Then take the other half and apply in a similar manner, this time walking in the opposite direction.\r\nHow Much Seed Do I Need?Be sure to use the right amount of seed as recommended for your mix or individual species - more seed does not always mean more blooms! It may be very tempting to throw extra seed down, but this usually brings the opposite effect. Crowded seedlings will prevent growth and reduce flowering.\r\nSee our guide to calculating square footage: How Much Seed Do I Need? 4. Compress Seeds Into SoilAfter you\u2019ve scattered your seed, it\u2019s important to compress for good seed-to-soil contact.\r\n\r\nFor small-sized patches, you can use your feet to compress seeds into the soil, either barefoot or in shoes.\r\nFor medium-sized gardens and beds, lay a piece of cardboard or plywood over the soil and walk all over it; this will evenly distribute your weight across the soil.\r\nFor large, plantings, you can use a seed roller, either as a tractor attachment or as a walk-behind tool.\r\n\r\nWhy Is Compression Important?\r\n\r\nGood seed-to-soil contact helps to speed up germination\r\nIt ensures that moisture and nutrients make their way to your seeds\r\nIt prevents wind, water, and natural occurrences from moving seeds around, and helps to anchor your wildflowers' root systems in a good spot\r\n3 Ways To Compress SeedsYou can use your feet to compress seeds into the soil.You can use a seed roller by hand to compress seeds into the soil.For large meadows, you can use a roller behind a tractor or farm vehicle to compress seeds into the soil.Leave Seeds Uncovered\r\n\r\nWildflower seeds are often very tiny, and many require light to germinate. Unlike veggie seeds, which are typically planted in holes and buried within the soil, wildflower seeds are scattered on top of the soil and left exposed.\r\nThere are two exceptions to this rule \u2013 and in both cases, we recommend covering your seeds with straw, not soil:\r\nFirst, if you are seeding a slope or steep bank, where rain can easily carry seeds downhill and reposition them or clump them all together, it may help to cover them with straw.\r\nSecond, if you are seeding an area exposed to strong winds, which can also move seeds around, covering with straw can help keep them in place.\r\n\r\nLearn More: How To Plant Wildflowers On A Steep BankProtection From Birds & Wildlife\r\n\r\nWe don't recommend covering seeds to protect against birds and wildlife. They don't typically have a significant impact, probably because our seed mixes average 250,000 seeds per pound! Spring plantings typically begin to grow within 2-3 weeks, which doesn't give animals much time to make a dent in the seeds.\r\nIf your area is a true exception with above-average wildlife pressure, you can place a thin layer of straw on top of your seeding as a safeguard.\r\nIf you have lots of deer or rabbits in your area, it is important to protect seedlings from becoming a snack. Even deer-resistant wildflowers need time to grow to establish their critter-repellent properties, which may include fragrance, oils, or bitter sap. See our guide: 5 Strategies For Preventing Deer Damage\r\n\r\n 5. Water Your Wildflower Planting Regularly\r\n\r\nAfter you've planted, if possible, give your seeds a thorough, gentle soaking.\r\nSoil, wildflower seeds, and seedlings must stay hydrated until they are 4 - 6 inches tall, which typically takes 4 - 6 weeks. \r\nIf you're lucky, Mother Nature will step in and provide your plants with some rain, or at least keep the weather nice and mild so that the sun doesn't evaporate all of the moisture from the soil. If you have hot, sunny, and\/or dry weather, you'll need to water your planting. Be sure to give a thorough watering in the morning before a hot day, and also give a thorough watering the next morning. For the best results, young seedlings will need your attention and regular watering.\r\nSeed Man's Planting Tip: A sprinkler attached to a timer is an easy and affordable way to water your planting without disrupting your regular schedule.\r\nWhy Is Watering Important?\r\n\r\nWatering your planting is essential for the best results! Since wildflower seeds are not buried beneath wet soil, they have constant exposure to the sun, so they'll need your help staying hydrated in order to germinate.\r\nUntil they are 4 to 6 inches high, they are still unable to access enough groundwater through their roots to grow strong and healthy all on their own.\r\nWildflowers can still be planted in areas where the hose doesn't reach. We've all seen gorgeous large-scale meadows after all! To accomplish this feat, you can time your planting with rain in the forecast, or plant seeds in fall when you can take advantage of winter precipitation.\r\n\r\n\r\n6. Watch Growth & Blooms AppearNow the fun part begins! Within 1-3 weeks, depending upon the varieties you've planted and your growing conditions, you'll begin to see growth appear.\r\nWhen Will They Bloom?\r\nAnnual wildflowers bloom within 6-12 weeks. Most Perennial wildflowers require a full season of growth to establish root systems, before blooming in their second year, and returning in successive seasons. Biennial wildflowers typically bloom just in the second season. Learn more in our guide: The Importance of Annual and Perennial Wildflowers\r\nRemember: germination can\u2019t occur when your soil temperature is below 55\u00b0F. Check your current soil temperatures here. Wildflowers vs. Weeds\r\nA question that arises often when gardeners are looking at their planting site in spring: \u201cAre those wildflowers or weeds?\u201d Many young seedlings are hard to identify. We have some advice:\r\n\r\nGrow a wildflower cheat sheet! Plant some of the individual seeds from your mix, label them, and see how their foliage develops.\r\nGet a wildflower identification book or use a plant identification app. This should give you information on many of the wildflowers that you\u2019ve planted.\r\nLearn about your local weeds \u2013 at every stage of growth. Most gardeners struggle with 5-10 aggressive weeds on their property. Getting to know what they look like as seedlings, adolescent, and adult plants will make it easier to spot them within your plantings \u2013 so you can pull them without mercy whenever you see them!\r\n\"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.\" - Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best. We've talked a lot of customers out of ripping up their wildflowers after suspecting that their planting sites were filled with young weeds. When in doubt - do not pull your plants. If you give your seedlings some time to grow, you're likely to find that they were wildflowers all along!\r\nEnjoying Your Wildflowers\r\nAfter wildflowers are up and growing, many people mow a charming, curving path through their meadow area, so everything can be observed up close. Next, usually comes bird feeding stations, birdbaths, and perhaps a bench somewhere along the path to enjoy your wildflowers!Ready To Dig In? Shop Wildflower Seed MixesShop All Wildflower SeedsWildflower Meadow MaintenanceEarly Season Meadow Maintenance\r\nBefore the start of the spring growing season, there are some tasks that can increase the health and beauty of your meadow. For the most part, these tasks are limited to mowing, raking, and seeding.\r\n\r\nIf you did not mow your planting in fall: you still can! Many wildflower enthusiasts and nature lovers prefer to leave their plants standing throughout the winter as habitat for insects. This population forms the bottom of the food chain, feeding birds and other wildlife. If you left your meadow up over the winter, spring is a fine time to mow. Directly after mowing, follow the same instuctions as though you'd mowed in fall (below).\r\nIf you mowed your planting the previous fall: we recommend combing through your planting site with a rake to remove excess plant materials. Raking away the clippings will open things up at ground level, which allows sunlight to penetrate young perennial plants. You'll likely be amazed by the young wildflower seedlings that you find ready to grow down there! Further, removing the debris after mowing makes it easier for the ground to receive new wildflower seeds. Many wildflower gardeners like to scatter extra seeds, especially single-season annuals, to add more color to young meadows.\r\n\r\nAdd More Wildflowers to Existing Meadows in Spring\r\nThe easiest and most effective way to add more seed if you have not recently mowed, is to take a steel rake and rough up small areas, or \"pockets,\" throughout the planting site. You can then sprinkle the seed directly over these roughed-up areas, giving it a quick compression with your foot to ensure good seed-to-soil contact.Mid-Season Meadow Maintenance\r\nDuring the growing season itself, your meadow will actually be quite self-sufficient (especially beginnin


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