Hello, meadow-makers! Here's a potpourri of ideas, articles, sources, books and more about the communities of grasses and flowers we call meadows. Scroll down to see all content.
7 Benefits of Native Plant Meadows
- They encourage native plants instead of non-natives and invasive weeds.
- Create pollinator habitat.
- Offer life cycle support for many creatures, from soil microbes to insects, birds, and mammals.
- Protect soil health above and below ground, through deep roots and vigorous ground cover.
- Capture carbon through the production of biomass, above and below ground.
- Offer quiet neighborhoods—no weekly visits from lawn mowers and weed whackers.
- Reduce pollution—no weekly visits from gas-powered equipment.
Video from Kathy's 2018 meadow tour.
- What Is a Meadow? How Does It Differ from a Lawn?
- Soil Preparation for a New Meadow
- Fall: Time to sow next year's meadows
- Spreading the Seeds for Next Year's Lawns and Meadows
- Sow seeds now for next year's meadows
- Meadows where lawns once grew
- Native Plant series
- From wild to formal: Landscape at Harkness Park is hard to match
- Protecting a Much Beloved Stream at Wadsworth Falls State Park
- Seasonal views from Kathy's meadow.
Regional Wildflower and Grass Seed Mixes:
Hart Seed: New England meadow mix.
Downloads on Meadows and Conservation Plantings:
Conservation Plantings on Critical Areas for the Northeast, Paul R. Salon and Chris F. Miller
Milkweed: A Conservation Practitioner's Guide, Xerces Society
Meadow, Wildflower and Pollinator books:
- Garden Revolution, Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher
- Planting in a Post Wild World, Thomas Rainer and Claudia West
- Planting: A New Perspective, Piet Oudoulf and Noel Kingsbury
- Urban and Suburban Meadows, Catherine Zimmerman
- Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field, John Lewis-Stempel
- Attracting Native Pollinators, Xerces Society
- Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Douglas Tallamy
- Growing and Propagating Wildflowers, William Cullina
- The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes, Rick Darke
- Grasses, Nancy Ondra