The Q&A Archives: Wild Flowers

Question: Information needed on planting wild flower borders around tree lines in back yard. Borders are east and partly shady. Soil is acid,clay, rocky and hard.<br>

Answer: My first step would be to obtain an accurate soil test from an agency such as the County Extension Service (check your blue pages listings). The results will let you know just how acidic your soil is (and lots of other valuable pieces of info) and how to make adjustments. It is much easier to make amendments now than to plant a lot of things and have them fail to thrive. In any event, because the soil is poor, it will need to be amended in order for anything to really thrive there. You will need to work in some organic matter such as compost, leaf mould, or composted cow manure. This is best accomplished by tilling the organic matter into the soil. This helps to loosen and aerate as well as gently nourish your plantings. Removing any rocks you come across is also helpful. A very helpful source on wildflowers is Wildseed Farms, you can reach them at 1-800-848-0078. They have many varieties of wildflower seed to accomodate just about any environment, and, provide lots of helpful planting and maintenance information.

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