Shore Lore: Lake Minne Belle, "Seeding"
Site Preparation & Seeding
The Design Map reflected the changes Tom and Jeanine had in mind.
In the first stage, a commercial herbicide killed off the turf grass. The grass was raked (and raked and raked!) into piles and removed from the site to allow the new seed to establish.
Seed was broadcast by hand and then mechanically raked into the soil. Depending on the type of plants, it may take one to three years to see the showy blooms. Tom says this needs to be understood when you commit to the project.
In addition to the extensive prairie seeding, this project also included planting live shrubs, cedar trees, and aquatic plants.
Tom Hess describes time and seeding approach.