Thoughts From the Prairie

October 15, 2014

As the benefits of using native plantings in landscapes garners more attention, it also brings up good discussions. Last month, we launched a new feature on our site "Thoughts From the Prairie" and led off with the topic of neonicotinoids. If you missed our take on these insecticides, click here to read.

Today, our thoughts turn to the trend of increased percentages of forbs (wildflowers) in native seed mixes versus native grasses. Please read our General Manager, Bob Kehres', thoughts below and feel free to join the discussion via our blog or Facebook Page.

Native herbaceous (a plant that has leaves and stems that die down at the end of the growing season to the soil level) ecosystems are composed of grasses and forbs. One measurement used to evaluate native seed mixes is the grass to forbs ratio. Most pollinators rely on native wildflowers as nectar and pollen sources. As individuals become more involved with providing habitat for native pollinator species and honey bees, the trend is to increase the percentage of forbs in a seed mix. Ohio Prairie Nursery prides itself on being ahead of the curve and has been producing high percentage forb mixes for years.

If you are hunting for the perfect pollinator mix, look no further than our "Native Short Grass Meadow".  It is 67% wildflowers by seed count and blooms all season long.

Be on the lookout for more "Thoughts From the Prairie" and send your questions our way via "Ask the Prairie Guys".  Prairie On!