With proper installation practices, establishment of native plants may be less than 2 years.
Once established native plants require less watering, pruning, and winter protection.
Weed control is the most important measure to take to ensure survival and growth of your seedlings or plant plugs!
The best way to control weeds or sod is to “scalp” the top two inches of soil and vegetation in an area two feet around the seedling/ plug.
Tilling or herbicides (used as directed) may also be used before planting.
During planting it is important to keep the bare root seedlings in a bucket of moist moss, paper, or burlap. Be careful not to soak them in water as extended soaking can cause the roots to rot. Remove one bare root seedling at a time so roots do not dry out. A pre-root dip, such as Terra-Sorb, may help roots retain moisture.
Proceeds from the Native Plant sale will support maintenance and expansion of our demonstration gardens on the Missaukee County grounds & Conservation District trail at our office location on Sanborn Road.