FAQ: When is the best time of year to plant prairie strips?

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When is the best time of year to plant prairie strips?

Prairie can be planted several times throughout the year. It is preferable to seed in either the fall after harvest, or the spring, before or after planting (but before June 30 in Iowa). Midsummer is generally not a good time to plant. Prairies include two basic types of plants, forbs (i.e. wildflowers) and grasses. Forbs benefit from the cold wet stratification an Iowa winter provides, and like a fall seeding. Prairie grasses should be seeded in greater volume for a fall seeding, as their germination rates suffer from predation and exposure. Dormant, or winter seedings also can be successful.

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