Planting a wildflower meadow for pollinators.

Asked August 16, 2017, 9:13 PM EDT

I have rocky clay soil. Are there any native wildflowers that would attract pollinators that would thrive in my soil? Also, should I seed in the fall, to mimic a natural seeding?

Frederick County Maryland meadow native wildflowers

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Here is a meadow publication that is helpful http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/non_HGIC_FS/TT-70_Fl...

Good prepration is necessary and weed removal. A good time to plant is spring. Begin by testing the soil. Here is our soil testing page, which includes links/videos of how to take a sample, and a list of labs which can complete the testing for you: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/soils/soil-testing

Try to use native plants. Ernst Seed Company out of Pennsylvania has a nice selection of seed mixtures which can benefit birds and pollinators : http://www.ernstseed.com/

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