The Q&A Archives: Native Groundcovers For Acidic Soil

Question: We just bought 30 acres in Tennessee where some copper mining has been done in the past. The land needs literally tons of lime. Is there any thing i.e. wildflowers, grasses, etc. we can get to grow there until we can afford to do the lime?

Answer: Fescue does well in acidic conditions and may be your best bet for the short term. It will hold the soil and add organic matter over time.

Wildflowers can be more expensive than lime to put out as can many other suitable species of acid loving plants. You might want to seed a little bit of a wildflower mix for aesthetics, along with the grass, according to what you budget will allow.

A source for wildflower seed is: Wildseed Farms; 1101 Campo Rosa Rd.; P.O. Box 308; Eagle Lake, Texas 77434; 1-800-848-0078. They have a southeastern mix that should work great for your land in Tennessee.

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