Steps for establishing native grasses
Step 1. Mowing (if needed)
Step 2. Herbicide Treatment (i.e. Roundup, Scythe or Silhouette Dr) as needed
Step 3. Roto-Till Site (7 days after herbicide treatment)*
Step 4. Pack/Tamp Seed Bed.
*Delete this step if using interseeder type of drill
Step 1. Broadcast seed by hand or with a spreader, or drill in seed
Step 2. Hand Rake/Harrow Seeded Area if drill is not used
Step 3. Pack/Tamp Seeded Area
Step 1. Provide equivalent of 1-inch of water within 7-14 days after seeding if natural rainfall does not occur within this time period. (For areas less than 1 acre and erosion sensitive sites)
Step 2. Mow "high" (6"-10") every 6-8 weeks until fall
Step 1. Burn site during April or early May
Step 2. Clip site if necessary for weed control (no shorter than 12 inches)
Step 1. Burn site during April or early May, end of October or November
Estimated cost for a small native prairie plot using seed purchased from a nursery and volunteer labor: $40-$80 per 1000 sq. ft.
Estimated cost for seeding a diverse mix of native prairie grasses and wildflowers using (30 species) seed purchased from a nursery and contracted labor and equipment: $250-$350/acre.