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Tuesday - March 22, 2016

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Grasses or Grass-like, Herbs/Forbs, Wildflowers
Title: Caring for a wildflower meadow in Austin, TX.
Answered by: Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

We have a meadow full of wildflowers in the country, bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, etc. What can we do to promote continued growth and is there a certain time of year we should mow? Should we fertilize and can we use herbicide to get rid of undesirable plants or will that harm the flowers? Should we add new seeds each fall?

ANSWER:

I am going to refer you to one of our  How to Articles entitled “Meadow Gardening” which should answer your questions.



 

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