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Planting Natives in A Small Area

February 17, 2016

We recently received a Facebook question about how someone living in a condo or a small space could incorporate Milkweed into their landscape. Generally, when we think prairie, we tend to think about wide open spaces with vast amounts of wildflowers and native grasses. These areas provide beauty, habitat and are ecologically sound, but the truth is, these plants can be utilized almost anywhere.

Planting native plants in a condo community or small landscape should be something that is both desirable to condo and homeowners association members and beneficial to our nature neighbors. The areas that are typically mulched with ornamental shrubs and plants can be utilized for native plants instead. Please remember to check in with your homeowners or condo association to make sure there are no restrictions on height. Native seed can be used in these mulched areas to create a small meadow for pollinator foraging. If a cleaner landscape is desired, native plants can be grown out in containers and planted accordingly. This time of year is great to put native seed in containers and stick them outside so they can take advantage of the natural freeze/thaw cycles of the winter months to help stratify the seed.

Ohio Prairie Nursery is proud to offer both the seed mixes and individual seed needed to proceed however it best benefits the look you are trying to achieve. If you have a small area you'd like to create habitat our seed packets cover up to 250 square feet. We offer over 15 different blend varieties to help meet your goal. If you're after single species, shop our selection of native wildflowers.

Helping Monarch Butterflies, bees, and other pollinators is attainable no matter where you live. Ask the Prairie Guys if you have any more questions. We're here to help!

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