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Scott’s Lawn Care specializes in providing premier lawn care services for the great people of Minnesota. Whether it’s weekly maintenance or a complete redesign, we implement property care solutions specifically configured for you. We also enjoy planting a tree or two! Today, we will walk you through everything you need to know to grow a beautiful Minnesota wildflower garden.
1. Plant at the Right Time
One of the most common mistakes people make is not knowing when to start planting their wildflower seeds. Seeds start to germinate when the average soil temperature is 55°F or warmer for 72 consecutive hours. Air temperatures often warm up before soil temperatures, so it is a misconception that just because it is warming up air-wise the soil is ready for planting. Since Minnesota experiences a cold climate, we have to wait until the threat of frost has passed before we start to plant in the spring. Be careful, as we know that the weather can be erratic in April and May. After April 23rd, our estimated last date when frost could occur, you should be safe.
2. Prepare Your Soil
The better you prepare your soil, the more wildflowers you will grow. We have the expertise you need to clear your soil of weeds, grass and other plants that may be in the way. We will make sure your wildflowers have room to grow and thrive. Removing weeds during this stage also gives your wildflower seeds a better chance at surviving once new weeds pop up.
3. Scatter Your Seeds
Now that your soil is ready, pick a windless day to start planting (which may be tricky here in Minnesota). Wind and excessive rain can wash away the seeds you plant, but normal rain will be your best friend during this stage. When sowing your seeds, try to spread them as evenly as you can. Remember: practice makes perfect!
4. Compress Your Seeds into the Soil
Compression is important because it helps speed up germination and ensures moisture and nutrients make their way to your seeds. It also helps anchor your wildflowers’ root systems. For smaller patches of seeds, you can use your hands to compress them deeper into the soil. For medium-sized gardens, lay a piece of cardboard or plywood over the necessary spots and walk all over it; evenly distributing your weight is the key here. For larger areas, a seed roller will do the trick.
5. Just Add Water
At this point, your seeds will need a gentle but thorough soaking. You have to keep your growing wildflowers hydrated until they are about five inches tall, which can take 4-6 weeks. By now, you should also be getting some rain to assist in the hydration process. If you want your seeds to germinate properly, be diligent and water them regularly and within a few weeks you should start to reap the benefits of your hard work. Growth will start and you should see your wildflowers bloom in 6-12 weeks!
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