JRNH has a nice post about the urban meadows we have along the James River and the HandsOn wildflower planting that occurred on Saturday. Head to the JRNH Facebook page to see some photos of the planting. In the post park manager and naturalist Ralph White talks about the benefits, what you’re likely to see and how to create at meadow.
The key to making a meadow — with planted wildflowers — or an abandoned field — with native and invasive weeds –work is to have foot paths through them and clearly defined border around them,” White said. “And to mow them periodically — sometimes once a year, sometimes twice, occasionally every other year — so that there will be a natural variation is plants…and the associated insects, birds, and mammals.”