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Add native flowers and grasses to your landscape

October 26, 2015
From: Melody A.C. Bro - Conservation Assistant, Tama Soil & Water Conservation District , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Native grasses and flowers once covered almost 80 percent of Iowa's landscape. Big bluestem, butterfly milkweed, horsemint and more covered Tama County's hills and floodplains in a rich rainbow of color from early spring through fall.

Modern prairie plantings are becoming more and more common for several reasons, including their food and cover benefits for wildlife, positive impact on erosion control and water quality, diversity of species and aesthetic beauty. Because native prairie was so dominant on our landscape, new prairie seedings are a logical land use choice for our yards and farms.

Also, many pollinator species have seen population declines in recent years due to a number of reasons, including habitat loss. The benefits of native grasses and flowers and the role they play in the lives of pollinating insects has been well-documented.

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Why not plant a pollinator garden? Enroll part of your land in a USDA program to benefit pollinators? Establish part of your pasture in native species that will flourish in the summer?

Late fall - early winter is the perfect season to seed native plantings, and Tama Soil & Water Conservation District has two services available to help.

First, as in years past, the District has 13 native grass / flower mixes available for sale.

They range from mostly grasses to entirely flowers and everything in between.

Second, the District provides a no-till drill for hire. Tama Countians have taken advantage of this service to plant new seedings and to interseed into existing stands, even to interseed into existing hay fields and pasture!

For more information on pollinators or the District's seed and drill services, contact the District office at 641-484-2702, extension 3 or stop in the office at 102 Hwy 30W in Toledo.

 
 

 

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