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Taylor County Land Conservation

"Take Habitat Home" Seed Packet

"Take Habitat Home" Seed Packet

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Many species of pollinating insects are in decline. In fact, Monarch butterfly populations have decreased 90% in the last two decades. In addition, commercial honey bee keepers are losing 30-40% of their bees each year. Many biologists believe the reason for pollinator decline is due to the decline in quality habitat. This seed packet includes native wildflowers that will benefit many species of pollinating insects. Instructions are included - this a great packet for beginners who want to try out a small pollinator plot.

Each packet contains enough seed to plant a 10x10 area at a conservation seeding rate of around 20 seeds/ft2. However, evenly distributing such a small amount of small seed over such an area can be difficult so seeding over a smaller area may be more feasible.

1) Timing. Best time to plant this packet is the spring (April – May). It can also be dormant broadcast into existing native seedings (Nov-Feb) as an enhancement.

2) Pick a site that gets a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight.

3) Proper site prep is key to project success. Prepare a seed bed that is free from any other vegetation or residue to ensure seed to soil contact. Seed bed should be lightly worked but firm (a boot print should be barely visible).

4) Broadcast the seed evenly across your project area.

5) Lightly rake the project to get good seed to soil contact. Ideal seeding depth is around 1/8 inch.

Pick-up in late April/early May

Seedling orders must be picked up in person in late April or early May in Medford or Phillips, Wisconsin. Taylor County LCD does not ship trees, shrubs or planting products to individual customers.

The exact pick-up dates will be sent out in early April by email and/or USPS mail. The tree pick-up schedule has typically been on a Thursday, 3-6 p.m. and Friday, 8-11 a.m., for Medford orders and Friday from 8:30-11 a.m. for Phillips orders. If you are unable to pick up your order during those days/times, you may send another person to the pick-up or contact the Taylor County LCD at 715-748-1469 to make other arrangements.

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