Prairie 2010 (Seeding Year)

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First year pictures of our prairie that was seeded on May 18th, 2010.

Field shortly after moving in - February 2009

Field shortly after moving in – February 2009

 

Bromegrass 5/09

Smooth Bromegrass May 2009

 

Bromegrass July 2009 - Killed September 2009

Bromegrass July 2009 – Killed September 2009

 

Dead bromegrass - March 2010

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.

 

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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.

Drill seeder cuts right through the dead brome.

 

Rows are 7" apart.

Rows are 7″ apart.

 

On June 1st we got 3" of rain in 2 hours. Moisture is good...but not this much!

On June 1st we got 3″ of rain in 2 hours. Moisture is good…but not this much!

 

Where the "river" was flowing.

Where the “river” was flowing.

 

Surprisingly, the grooves were still there and seedlings hung on!

Surprisingly, the grooves were still there and seedlings hung on!

 

Seedlings and weeds coming up fast.

Seedlings and weeds coming up fast.

 

Seeing more green

Seeing more green

 

Nice seedlings

Nice seedlings

 

You can start to see the rows from the drill seeding

You can start to see the rows from the drill seeding

 

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View from circle on 6/18/2010

 

More seedlings popping up

More seedlings popping up

 

The yellow is the dying Yellow Nutsedge that I sprayed

The yellow is the dying Yellow Nutsedge that I sprayed

 

Rows are starting to fill in

Rows are starting to fill in

 

Dying Yellow Nutsedge!

Dying Yellow Nutsedge!

 

Look closely and you can see some really small seedlings

Look closely and you can see some really small seedlings

 

Looks like some crabgrass coming in

Looks like some crabgrass coming in

 

View from the circle - 6/24/10

View from the circle – 6/24/10

 

The first bloom - California Poppy

The first bloom – California Poppy

 

Things are really taking off

Things are really taking off

 

6/25/10 - mowed the area where weeds where heavy

6/25/10 – mowed the area where weeds were heavy

 

Some annuals starting to bloom

Some annuals starting to bloom

 

Cornflower and Coreopsis blooming

Cornflower and Coreopsis blooming

 

Not a lot of dirt showing now

Not a lot of dirt showing now

 

7/8/10 - view from circle

7/8/10 – view from circle

 

Mexican Red Hat Coneflower about to bloom

Mexican Red Hat Coneflower about to bloom

 

Showing the transition from grass to prairie

Showing the transition from grass to prairie

 

7/18/10 - the view from the circle

7/18/10 – the view from the circle

 

Plains Coreopsis in full bloom

Plains Coreopsis in full bloom

 

Area where foxtail is heavy

Area where foxtail is heavy

 

Assortment of annuals

Assortment of annuals

 

Indian blanket (or Blanketflower)

Indian blanket (or Blanketflower)

 

Gloriosa Daisy

Gloriosa Daisy

 

Lemon Mint

Lemon Mint

 

Gloriosa Daisy competing with crabgrass

Gloriosa Daisy competing with crabgrass

 

8/6/10 - Heavy foxtail

8/6/10 – Heavy foxtail across entire prairie

 

Most perennials only grew a few inches the first year

Most perennials only grew a few inches the first year

 

Early August the field was mowed and I mowed a walking path through it

Early August the field was mowed and I mowed a walking path through it

 

8/8/10 - view from the circle

8/8/10 – view from the circle

 

Unknown seedling

Unknown seedling

 

Many of the flowers bounced back from the mowing and many blooms in October

Many of the flowers bounced back from the mowing and many blooms in October

 

Some foxtail but not real heavy in this area

Some foxtail but not real heavy in this area

 

Mowed path

Mowed path

 

Good establishment of flowers and grasses in many areas

Good establishment of flowers and grasses in many areas

 

Fall color from the grasses

Fall color from the grasses

 

Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem

 

Path through the grasses

Path through the grasses

 

Small clumps of grasses

Small clumps of grasses

 

Not bad color for first year prairie grasses!

Not bad color for first year prairie grasses!

 

Sideoats Grama

Sideoats Grama

 

Lemon Mint in the grasses

Lemon Mint in the grasses

 

Deer trail through the prairie

Deer trail through the prairie

 

Hopefully a lot of seedlings hiding under this foxtail

Hopefully a lot of seedlings hiding under this foxtail

 

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

 

Winter color

Winter color

 


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