Support endangered grassland birds in Ontario with variety of grasses, sedges, and wildflowers. This mix is designed to foster habitat for nesting birds. A focus on cool-season grasses that actively grow in the spring helps provide cover for their nests. Wildflowers and warm-season grasses offer colour and interest after nesting.
- Sun: Full sun
- Culture: Medium-moist 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.
- Virginia Wild Rye - Elymus virginicus
- Riverbank Wild Rye - Elymus riparius
- Indian Grass - Sorghastrum nutans
- Switch Grass - Panicum virgatum
- Slender Wheat Grass - Elymus trachycaulus
- Fox Sedge - Carex vulpinoidea
- Bebb's Sedge - Carex bebbii
- Common Evening Primrose - Oenothera biennis
- Foxglove Beard-Tongue - Penstemon digitalis
- Fowl Manna Grass - Glyceria striata
- Upland White Aster;Upland White Goldenrod - Solidago ptarmicoides
- Flat-Topped Aster - Doellingeria umbellata
- Blue Vervain - Verbena hastata
- Common Boneset - Eupatorium perfoliatum
- Common Milkweed - Asclepias syriaca
- Brown-Eyed Susan;Black-Eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta
- Showy Tick-Trefoil - Desmodium canadense
- Virginia Mountain Mint - Pycnanthemum virginianum
- Awl-Fruited Sedge - Carex stipata
- Smooth Aster - Symphyotrichum laeve
- Swamp Milkweed - Asclepias incarnata
- Spotted Joe-Pye Weed - Eupatorium maculatum
- Wild Bergamot - Monarda fistulosa
- Gray Goldenrod - Solidago nemoralis
- Heath Aster - Symphyotrichum ericoides
- Culver's Root - Veronicastrum virginicum
If you have site-specific species preferences for us to consider, please include them in your order notes. Our mixes offer flexibility around similar species based on availability.
*Please note that the species included 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.
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.
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.