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Organic Site Preparation for Wildflower Establishment

By Sarah Foltz Jordan, Jessa Kay Cruz, Kelly Gill, Jennifer Hopwood, Jarrod Fowler, Eric Lee-Mäder, and Mace Vaughan.

Site preparation is one of the most important and often inadequately addressed components for successfully installing pollinator habitat. These guidelines provide step-by-step instructions, helpful suggestions, and regional timelines & checklists for preparing both small and large sites using:

  • Solarization
  • Smother cropping
  • Repeated shallow cultivation
  • Sheet mulching
  • Soil inversion
  • Organic herbicide applications
  • Sod removal

Use this document with the timeline(s) & checklist(s) applicable to your region, available at right.

Serial Number
16-027
Version Number
02