Throughout 2016 and 2017, Master Gardeners and Goddard staff have worked side by side, learning how to convert unused lawn into native meadow by solarizing weeds, adjusting soil pH, remediating soil compaction, sowing native seeds, and monitoring the germination of native seedlings and weeds.
All that planning and preparation have paid off. On Tuesday I visited to assist Goddard staff with the monthly monitoring and maintenance of the meadow. Of the 34 native species originally sown or plugged, 24 were confirmed present, and some are even blooming already:
- pink fuzzybean
- black-eyed susan
- daisy fleabane
- hyssop thoroughwort
- late flowering thoroughwort
- common self-heal
We also conducted pollinator counts, sowed more forage radish seeds (to break up soil compaction), and applied a third round of sulfur (to lower soil pH).
By Sara Tangren, Ph. D
Agent Associate | Master Gardener Trainer | Sustainable Horticulture and Native Plants