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Sowing Wildflower Seed in the Fall – Part 1

With autumn officially here, it’s time to start planning how we’re going to maximize our time spent in the garden. Less sunlight and cooler days are a sure sign fall has arrived. It’s also about the time our phones start ringing with questions from gardeners wondering if fall is a good time to plant.  The […]

September 22, 2011 · Mike Lizotte · One Comment
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Fall Wildflower Meadow Maintenance: Adding Seed

Now that we’ve mowed our meadow it’s time to start thinking about adding some seed. Maybe you’ve got an area that the grasses and weeds have crept in or we want to replenish some annual color that may or may not be back next year. Whenever we’re sowing or adding seed, we always want to […]

November 11, 2010 · Suzanne DeJohn · 2 Comments
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Fall Meadow Maintenance: Mowing

As the seasons change and we enjoy the last few weeks of meadow color, it’s time to begin preparing for next season. We usually recommend mowing your wildflowers down once a year at the end of the growing season for a couple of reasons: 1. Combat natural succession. If your meadow is bordered by a […]

October 21, 2010 · Mike Lizotte · Comments Closed
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Creating a Wildflower Habitat for Butterflies!

Last fall I received an e-mail from Roy Deboer, expressing his interest in a wildflower planting at his local church in New Jersey. One of their objectives was to create a habitat for attracting butterflies and there is no better way that with a wildflower meadow. Coincidentally, we sell a lot of seed to churches […]

July 7, 2010 · Mike Lizotte · 2 Comments
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Anyone seen a Titleist in here?

I love this time of year as I begin to get calls and photos with updates on wildflower meadows around the country. Over the next few weeks, I thought I would share a few favorites that I’ll be updating throughout the season! About 10 years ago I received a call from Jeff Brown, owner of […]

June 24, 2010 · Mike Lizotte · Comments Closed
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We all like a little instant gratification once in a while!

When it comes to gardening and wildflowers, patience is our friend.  We’re also always looking for low maintenance, hardy plants that will come back season after season and last for the next 10 years.  Most would classify these as perennials.  What we usually forget is that from seed, perennials need to winter over after germinating […]

June 3, 2010 · Mike Lizotte · Comments Closed
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Caveat emptor – The Best way to spend $9.95!

I was attending a lecture recently from a botany professor at the local university. My ears perked when the topic of wildflowers came up. He showed some slides, talked about some ideas for incorporating wildflowers into landscapes and then proceeded to tell people to look for, “those meadows in a can”. Boy was I really […]

May 26, 2010 · Mike Lizotte · 4 Comments
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The Seed Man Says, “Go Jump in a Lake”

As we rise from our winter slumber, Mother Nature treats us with blasts of spring warmth that awaken our gardening senses. At American Meadows, our phones start ringing with questions from gardeners all across the country ready to get their hands dirty!

As the air temperatures begin to warm, we’ve prepared an area for a wildflower planting, got our seed down and anticipate quick germination and flowers shortly after. Or you may have planting in the fall for early spring color.

May 11, 2010 · Mike Lizotte · Comments Closed
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Grow it, don’t mow it

by Guest Columnist, garden writer Suzanne DeJohn Many Americans spend at least a few hours every weekend maintaining their lawns. Wouldn’t you rather be lounging in a hammock sipping lemonade and surrounded by beautiful (and low-maintenance) flower gardens? Over the last 50 years, as supermarket foods became more affordable, suburban American landscapes went from places […]

April 22, 2010 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
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Go with nature’s flow–plant Wildflower Seeds this fall.

Two Great Articles with more Info: Why Many Experts think Fall Planting is Best.    Late planting dates for Seeds and Bulbs, by region. SALE NOW: We’ve just added our “Fall Maximum Mix” which is a big bargain every fall.  This year, it contains a whopping 43 species, and is great for all regions.  Best of all, it compares to […]

August 19, 2009 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
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