by Barbara Walvoord
Our meadows at Lathrop are a mixture of native plants and alien plants. Scientific study shows that the more native plants we have, the more bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife our meadows can support.
Experts have a number of methods to reduce alien plants and increase natives. We are not destroying everything with Roundup, burning the meadow, or tilling it repeatedly over an entire season. Instead, we’ve chosen overseeding, plugging, and smothering.
Overseeding: In the swale behind Huckleberry Lane, one snowy day last winter, we spread native seeds right over the existing plants, relying on the snow to work them down into the soil. In this method, Continue reading How to Restore Native Plants to a Meadow