New Prairie

kevin_5(z5)July 1, 2005

I planted about 4,000 sf with a dry ,short-prairie seed mix last fall. Much to my surprise, the plants have grown quite quickly, with many blooming! i have been pulling things like foxtail, and lambsquarter, velevetleaf, etc. I think I have most of the taller weeds under control. Is it still a good idea to mow it? Down low, I have quite a bit of crabgrass. What should I do about it? Not worry about it? Pull it?

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stevein(5)

Hand pull the weeds as best you can then next spring you'll want to burn it or mow it very low, but don't mow it now!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2005 at 1:02AM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

actaully you could mow it now...or you could let it grow...

mowing the first year or two is usually recommended to keep weeds from going to seed, so if you are confident that you have weeds under control - you could let it grow.

watch for canada goldenrod though - its shows itself in the fall, its hard to tell from the desirable natives and is definitely one that you dont want to set seed.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2005 at 8:17PM
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