Grow a healthy and diverse tallgrass prairie and help conserve vanishing Ontario ecosystems. This mix offers a carefully balanced selection of cool and warm season grasses and wildflowers to provide habitat for birds and other wildlife.
- Sun: Full sun
- Culture: Dry, sandy soils
*Please note that the species may differ slightly with each order. Seed availability changes year-to-year and season-to-season based on the species, harvest results, weather conditions, and more. We may update our mixes at any time in order to best support goals for ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation.
- Indian Grass - Sorghastrum nutans
- Big Bluestem - Andropogon gerardii
- Switch Grass - Panicum virgatum
- Virginia Wild Rye - Elymus virginicus
- Canada Wild Rye - Elymus canadensis
- Little Bluestem - Schizachyrium scoparium
- Common Evening Primrose - Oenothera biennis
- Foxglove Beard-Tongue - Penstemon digitalis
- Brown-Eyed;Black-Eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta
- Round-Headed Bush Clover - Lespedeza capitata
- New Jersey Tea - Ceanothus americanus
- Showy Tick-Trefoil - Desmodium canadense
- Upland White Aster;Goldenrod - Solidago ptarmicoides
- Hairy Beard-Tongue - Penstemon hirsutus
- Panickled Tick-Trefoil - Desmodium paniculatum
- Sand Dropseed - Sporobolus cryptandrus
- Virginia Mountain Mint - Pycnanthemum virginianum
- Tall;Prairie Cinquefoil - Potentilla arguta
- Gray Goldenrod - Solidago nemoralis
- Smooth Aster - Symphyotrichum laeve
- Wild Bergamot - Monarda fistulosa
- Early Goldenrod - Solidago juncea
- Dense;Spiked Blazing Star - Liatris spicata
- Slender Wheat Grass - Elymus trachycaulus
- Side-Oats Grama - Bouteloua curtipendula
- Hairy Bush-Clover - Lespedeza hirta
- and more...
Optional add-ons for SZ 38 (Windsor - Essex area):
The minimum order for bulk seed mixes is 5kg. Our recommended application rate is ~8-10 kg/Ha.
Mixes are prepared to order and based on any timelines you can provide. Note that the ideal time for seeding is in late fall, which is also ideal for more species diversity after fall seed harvesting.
For site-specific requests, please reach out or include them in your order notes. Our mixes offer some species flexibility based on availability.
For restorations needing over 50 kg, we suggest to pre-order well in advance. You can reach out our team at email@example.com to reserve your seed.
Download a guide to help establish your native seed mix.
Timing: The best time to sow your seed mix is in late fall (November is ideal) and early spring is next best. We typically recommend avoiding summer seeding.
For basic applications, you can follow the steps below.
- Prepare your area: Remove weeds and cultivate the soil as needed
- Lightly tramp the soil: Pack, but avoid smoothing out the soil completely
- If separated, sow larger grass seeds: Apply based on the mix application rate, then cover with 1/4″ topsoil, mulch, or harrow
- Scatter fine wildflower seeds: Apply these on surface, using an inert bulking agent - like sawdust, sand, or kitty litter - to help evenly disperse seed
- Watch the weather: Native plants are adapted to their environment, but in summer you may want to water seeded areas to maintain a moist soil
Storage: Large grass and fine wildflower seeds are packaged separately. You can store all your seed in a cool dry place until you're ready to sow.
Recommendations can vary by site. More detailed instructions are available here or contact us if you need to consult our team.