WildFlower Meadow

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  1. Gremlinchode

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    I am tired of mowing the lawn and cant help but think that grass as a mono crop is a waste of space, I cant get the O'l Lady on board to get rid of most of the grass, But I started an area for a meadow approximately 600 Square Feet. (55.7418 Square meters) I got the seed from American Meadows.

    In theory once the meadow is established you only mow it once a year at the end of the growing season on the mowers highest setting. It may be necessary to re-seed after the first season but once it is established it is supposed to self sustain. It is also supposed to attract lots of birds and insects ect which is in keeping with how im trying to enhance the ecosystem. The photo attached is off their site and not my results. I just thought I would share the idea and see if anybody had advice or experience. The little voice in my head says it gonna Fuckin Fail, but it always tells me that. If you have any advice or experience I would be glad to hear it, or any questions I will do my best to answer them. Thanks for reading.
    (Native Pacific Northwest Wildflower Seed Mix)

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    Some pictures of the attempt!
     

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    Mowing the yard- an exercise in futility, wasted effort and neighborhood disagreements! I reached the same conclusion and have started the process of covering my yard with wood chips and raised beds. I've established several mushroom beds and have this idea to build a small (self watering) decorative mushroom fence made with interchangeable components inoculated with seasonal mushroom species. It'll probably get out of hand and eat the house but at least I won't have to waste my time mowing the lawn anymore!
     
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    Fuck lawns!
     
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    It seems like a few weeds and horsetails have moved in, Im still keeping my fingers crossed.
     

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    I have this feeling that everything would be doing much better If I would have sprayed weed killer and brought in soil for the top layer. I don't like using chemicals so im counting on Gaia for this one. :titfeed:
     
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    fuck weed killers. if you find that it is getting too weedy you can plant winter rye and mow it and till it in a couple times in a year and that should get rid of the problem, also help the soil structure. you can also try alfalfa or buckwheat.
     
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    Use vinegar in a spray bottle at the base of weeds to kill them. Not all weeds are a bother. Plant purslane and creeping charly as ground cover
     
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    Here is some flowers, the picture I don't feel does it justice. It has not been as easy as I thought but its coming along for sure! I will try to get some close up pictures of the shorter flowers that are hidden in the picture.
     

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    more pics.
     

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    More flowers. It has been cool to see some of the birds insects and animals that have been attracted to the area.
     

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    Some more flowers 07/23/2017
     

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    Close ups of ones not in previous pictures.
     

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    Looks good to me.
     
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    Thanks for having a look, you inspired me to give an update! Here is what it currently looks like and it will be interesting to see how the wildflowers balance out with the grasses and other plants trying to establish themselves there in its 2nd growing season.
     

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    Here is a couple bonus pics of a score I found yesterday!
     

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    Nice job !:borat:
     
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    Way to go! Make sure to allow the plot to complete its natural life cycle. Allow it to seed out completely and then mow. Allowing time for the wildflowers to complete there life cycle and complete seed maturity will increase your wildflower seed bank and you will receive a thicker plot the following year. Keep from irrigating it and just let is do its thing.
     
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