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Wildlife Prairie Seed-Mix

Wetlands & Streambanks

Primary Purpose of Wildlife-Prairie Buffet™

  1. To provide food and/or attract food for deer, quail, turkey, ducks, doves, songbirds, and other critters of the ecosystem.
  2. To provide a native or natural habitat for the critters of the surrounding territory.


Click here to view a presentation (.ppt)
on Multiple Native Species Planting Mixtures Given at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management in Ft. Worth, Texas on February 10, 2005 by Chuck Grimes of the Grasslander Ranch in Hennessey, Oklahoma.

Wildlife-Prairie Buffet™ Multiple Native Species Planting Mixture For Quail, Deer, Dove, Turkey, etc…

This a mixture that will resemble what was here on our prairie before the white-man came and plowed and overgrazed it. We need to be planting a mixture of native species as listed below…

Wildlife-Prairie Buffet Contents

WARM SEASON GRASSES
Big Bluestem
Little Bluestem
Bushy Bluestem
Broomsedge Bluestem
Indian Grass
Switchgrass
Side-Oats Grama
Blue Grama
Eastern Gamagrass
Sand Lovegrass
Green Sprangletop
Tall Dropseed
Sand Dropseed
Purpletop
Purple Three-awn
Alkali Sacaton

COOL SEASON GRASSES

Western Wheatgrass
Virginia Wildrye
Canada Wildrye

NATIVE LEGUMES

Illinois Bundleflower
Showy Partridgepea
Purple Prairieclover
White Prairieclover
Roundhead Lespedeza
Stuves Lespedeza
Leadplant
Silky prairieclover
Catclaw Sensitive Briar
Blue Wild Indigo

NATIVE WILDFLOWERS

Plains Coreopsis
Lazy Daisy
Blackeyed Susan
Lanceleaf Coreopsis
Pennsylvania Smartweed

 

NATIVE WILDFLOWERS (continued)
Heath Aster
Salt Marsh Fleabane
Standing Cypress
Drummond Phlox
Maxmilian Sunflower
Pitcher Sage
Scarlet Sage
Mealy Blue Sage
Indian Blanket
Tall Gayfeather
Thickspike Gayfeather
Englemann Daisy
Greyhead Coneflower
Clasping Coneflower
Mexican Hat Coneflower
Prairie Coneflower
Compass Plant
Blue Flax
Lemon Mint
American Basketflower
Wild Bergamot
Showy Evening Primrose
Common Evening Primrose
Fourpoint Evening Primrose
Daisy Fleabane
Baldwin Ironweed
Queen’s Delight
Downy Goldenrod
Canada Goldenrod
Butterfly Milkweed
Common Milkweed
Broadleaf Milkweed<
Biennial Wild Guara
Sand Lily
Clammy Weed
White Beardstongue
Foxglove
Greenthread
Rocky Mtn. Beeplant
Cardinal Flower

You can see what most of these plants look like by going to my website and clicking on the Noble Foundation Plant Gallery or the Kansas site…

Images of plants contained in Wildlife-Prarie Buffet

www.noble.org/imagegallery/
www.lib.ksu.edu/wildflower/

Benefits

  • For the qualified redneck hunting enthusiast! 37 different seeds (species) of native grasses, wildflowers, forbs, and legumes make up the right kind of mixture for the "Good Ole Boys" who are trying to develop good food and habitat areas for deer, quail, dove, turkey and ducks on old go-back cropland areas. Wildlife sporting grounds have a tendency to have food and no cover.
  • Deer are flight animals and like to be able to see long distances. Quail need protection from the air along with food. Doves love ragweed and croton. Turkeys love a good acorn crop, so we are providing wildflowers to draw bugs too.
  • This seed mixture is pre-mixed and bagged with enough seed to plant one acre (one acre = 43,560 square feet).
  • Plant one acre each year and you will have many areas in different stages of plant succession.

What is Plant Succession?

The action, whereby one group of plants replace another. If you have a couple hundred years to wait on natural plant succession, OK! If you don't we can speed-up Habitat Restoration by planting the Wildlife-Prairie Buffet™. This will provide the native habitat to be desired by deer, quail, turkey, dove, ducks, and the other critturs. I have examined timbered areas, which were clear-cut in Southern United States and found Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Indiangrass and Switchgrass.

Seedbed Preparation

 

  1. Grasslander rule of thumb #1
    The better the seedbed, the quicker and better the planting will be. At a minimum, disk the area a couple of times to kill undesirable plants.
  2. Grasslander rule of thumb #2
    We have lost more native seed plantings because we planted to deep than because we ever planted to shallow.
    The "Wildlife-Prairie Buffet™" can be sown with a grain drill, but remove seed tubes so seed will drop on top of the ground. When through seeding go across the field (diagonally) a couple of times, letting the press wheels give a good seed firming action 0-1/4" shallow.
  3. Grasslander rule of thumb #3
    The firming action is the main key.

 

Or if you so desire, let me design the seed mixture you want...

Plant Information and Site Selections

http://plant-materials.nrcs.usda.gov/pmcs.html

Reseeding Marginal Cropland to Perennial Grasses

http://agweb.okstate.edu/pearl/plantsoil/crops/f-2581.pdf

Noble Foundation Ag Wildlife Index

http://www.noble.org/ag/research/wildlife.htm