First year pictures of our prairie that was seeded on May 18th, 2010.
Field shortly after moving in – February 2009
Smooth Bromegrass May 2009
Bromegrass July 2009 – Killed September 2009
Dead bromegrass – March 2010
Drilled seeded by Ron Schram with seed from Stock Seed Farms. We planted Stock’s Wildflower mixture and Priarie 3 Plus grasses.
The first disc cuts the soil, the second spreads it apart, then seed is dropped and the roller compacts the soil.
Drill seeder cuts right through the dead brome.
Rows are 7″ apart.
On June 1st we got 3″ of rain in 2 hours. Moisture is good…but not this much!
Where the “river” was flowing.
Surprisingly, the grooves were still there and seedlings hung on!
Seedlings and weeds coming up fast.
Seeing more green
You can start to see the rows from the drill seeding
View from circle on 6/18/2010
More seedlings popping up
The yellow is the dying Yellow Nutsedge that I sprayed
Rows are starting to fill in
Dying Yellow Nutsedge!
Look closely and you can see some really small seedlings
Looks like some crabgrass coming in
View from the circle – 6/24/10
The first bloom – California Poppy
Things are really taking off
6/25/10 – mowed the area where weeds were heavy
Some annuals starting to bloom
Cornflower and Coreopsis blooming
Not a lot of dirt showing now
7/8/10 – view from circle
Mexican Red Hat Coneflower about to bloom
Showing the transition from grass to prairie
7/18/10 – the view from the circle
Plains Coreopsis in full bloom
Area where foxtail is heavy
Assortment of annuals
Indian blanket (or Blanketflower)
Gloriosa Daisy competing with crabgrass
8/6/10 – Heavy foxtail across entire prairie
Most perennials only grew a few inches the first year
Early August the field was mowed and I mowed a walking path through it
8/8/10 – view from the circle
Many of the flowers bounced back from the mowing and many blooms in October
Some foxtail but not real heavy in this area
Good establishment of flowers and grasses in many areas
Fall color from the grasses
Path through the grasses
Small clumps of grasses
Not bad color for first year prairie grasses!
Lemon Mint in the grasses
Deer trail through the prairie
Hopefully a lot of seedlings hiding under this foxtail