Tired of fighting the lawn wars? Have a tough landscaping situation? Looking for a way to naturalize the yard? Well, dig this: a blanket of wildflowers that's sold as sod and isn't fussy about soil. One source is Pacific Earth Resources in Camarillo, California.
"Wildflower sod has a wide range of uses," says Tony Prater, marketing director. "It's been tested on golf courses and ski resorts, and provides instant color impact. It also solves erosion problems."
The sod is infused with thousands of perennial and annual wildflower seeds, including black-eyed Susans, bachelor buttons, blue flax, violas, coneflowers, daisies, poppies, and more. Flowers range from six to 30 inches tall. Prater reports that the mix, while originally developed for the West Coast, shows good results in parts of the East, Colorado, and Canada. It needs at least four hours of sunlight. Prater recommends cultivating to a depth of three inches, leveling the soil, then laying the sod, which comes as an uncut, soilless root system. Water regularly for two to three weeks; in six to eight weeks, the sod will reach maturity and will need only one or two mowings a year.
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