Middle Park Conservation District selling grass seed, wildflower seed
September 28, 2008
October is a good time to plant seed for spring germination. Getting seed in the ground before the snow pack is on top is an excellent way to assure early growth of grass seed and wildflowers.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Rake or rough up the soil
2. Sow seed at a rate of 40 seeds per square foot
3. Cover seeds with 1/2 inch of soil
4. Spread a light mulch (like straw) over the soil
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5. Wait for spring
Seeds need contact with the soil to germinate and they need moisture and soil temperatures around 55 degrees. Sitting underneath the snow pack for the winter does not hurt them. The District has several mixes of grass seed and one wildflower mix for sale. Our Short Mix is designed for dry areas around homes or other buildings.
Our Forest Mix is for re-vegetating areas of bare ground where beetle kill trees have been removed. And our smooth brome-pubescent wheatgrass is for dry areas where soil needs to be held to prevent soil erosion. All these mixes are good for livestock too. Anyone interested in purchasing seed should call our office at (970) 724-3456.