Tips to help establish Fall plantings?

mackenzie(z5 Chicagoland)October 21, 2005

While I don't have a prairie or meadow, I'm doing what I can in my front yard. I'm installing Bluestem (Big & Little), Side Oats Gramma, many flowering plants (asters, goldenrod, culver's root, etc.) and want to esure I do whatever I can to help everything establish before winter. I was going to lay down some super phosphate ferilizer on the soil surface and then mulch over that -- any thougths or suggestions?

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joepyeweed(5b IL)

no need for fertilizer - the native plants tend to not like fertilizer. some native plants are burned by fertilizers or they "over grow" turning into huge behemonths mutant plants that fall over...

    Bookmark   October 23, 2005 at 10:44AM
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pam_aa(z5 Berwyn Il.)

I agree with joepye about about fertilizers.
When installing your new friends DO NOT let them dry out. That is the number one rule when planting anything. You live in the Chicago area same as me and we are still in the middle of a horrid drought. Make sure they have plenty of moisture till at least early summer next year. The mulch will be most useful in that task. After that natives can pretty much look after themselves.
There are natives that have evolved to live in damp soils such as Culver's root, Mallows, etc., I water those once and the while and plant them closest to the downspouts of the house.
Make sure the grasses have full-full sun and lots of room, perhaps 2 1/2-3 Ft. apart.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2005 at 11:03PM
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mackenzie(z5 Chicagoland)

Thanks for the tips.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2005 at 9:16AM
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