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The Flower Show

Perennials: Create a Meadow

April 27, 2020

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Create a Meadow

The word ‘meadow’ suggests pastoral images of endless fields filled with a variety of grasses and wildflowers. But the truth is, meadows of various sizes can pop up anywhere, even in the alleys between Philadelphia rowhomes.  

Erik Nash, PHS Zone Gardener, Public Landscapes, defines meadows for us and teaches us the regular maintenance required to prevent a meadow from eventually turning into a forest over the years.  

Simply an open area filled with tall grasses and perennial wildflowers, meadows can naturally emerge on abandoned lots in Philadelphia or on country properties—attracting pollinators and birds and creating a habitat for other wildlife. In the early spring, take the time to remove any emerging tree saplings and cut the tall grasses down to a six-inch height to ensure that flowers and shorter grasses can receive proper sunlight. Then, watch Mother Nature take over!

 

Perennials: Create a Meadow

Perennial Gardening Series: Meadows

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