How I cultivated a prairie'ish meadow in Oklahoma
Someone suggested I might post this, so let me basically summarize. I bought a house and land in 1999 and lived there till 2012. During that time I rehabilitated what had been a mowed yard for 10 years back into a grassland with grasses and a variety of forbs. My methodology (the lazy/quick way) is in the article which I wrote for the Arkansas Native Plant Society's journal. I won't say it's the best way, but it worked for me...I was terribly surprised what plants naturally reoccurred from the seedbank or from bird drop perhaps...besides what I plugged in.
I hope you enjoy the article.
Here is a link that might be useful: Prairie Recovery brief article