Seeding Instructions for Small Sites

For Areas of Less than 1000 Square Feet


  1. Kill and remove all weeds prior to planting. Crucial to the success of your project, weed removal is covered in our Guide to Establishing a Native Seed Mix.
  2. Mix seed in a small amount of ‘carrier’ (peat moss, sawdust or sand). This will aid in distributing the seed over a larger area. Use 1 large coffee can/Ice Cream bucket or 1/4 of a 5 gallon bucket of carrier. 
  3. Mix the seed into the ‘carrier,’ and then dampen with water to make the entire mix slightly damp.
  4. Divide this mixture in 2 parts.
  5. Scatter the first part (small handfuls of the seed) over the prepared site walking north to south.
  6. Scatter the remaining seed walking east to west.
  7. Rake seed into soil, covering by 1/8 inch soil.
  8. Tamp or roll the seeded area to firm seed into soil. 
  9. Apply weed free straw over the site covering to 1 inch
  10. Spring seeding: from March 1 til June 30. 
  11. Water site to 1 inch per week for the 1st month.  Germination takes a few weeks, depending on the species of wildflower or grass.
  12. Fall seeding: from mid September til soil freeze-up. Fall seedings are dormant.

Seed Storage


If you need to store your seed, for more than a few weeks prior to seeding, place the seed inside two sealed Ziploc bags or in a plastic or glass jar with a tight-sealing lid or a similar container. If the volume of seed is too large to fit in a refrigerator, it should be stored in a cool, dry location in a rodent-proof container. Heat and moisture are the enemies of seed viability. When stored in a cool, dry location, most seed will retain good germination rates for one year.

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