Nearly Native Bee Lawn Seed Mix
A nearly native turf mix for people and pollinators.
Responding to occasional requests for a low-growing meadow mix that can be used for low-traffic lawns and other turf-like areas, we’ve created this mostly native, mostly grass mix that adds a little color and life to otherwise barren “greenspaces.”
We call it mostly native because it includes the California variant of baby blue eyes, and a cultivated dwarf variety of our beloved farewell-to-spring, rather than the tall wild type. The inclusion of Yaak yarrow, a native low-growing, turf-forming variant of western yarrow provides added durability, and long-lived flowers.
This “lawn” will not hold up to heavy trampling by pets or people (so it’s not going to make a good soccer field), but it will perform fine in a low traffic residential yard setting with full sunlight.
To maintain an appropriate height, it can be infrequently mowed, ideally in no earlier than mid-summer, after most of the wildflowers have bloomed. It’s no substitute for the diversity of a true wildflower meadow with dozens of species from a biodiversity standpoint, but it's a great compromise where a lawn-like aesthetic is needed or desired.
SEED MIX CONTENTS
White Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba), Dwarf Farewell to Spring (Clarkia amoena), Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta), Yaak Yarrow (Achillea millefolium var. Yaak'), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii)
Roemer’s Fescue (Festuca romerii), Red Fescue (Festuca rubra)
Seed Mix Weight: 1 pound (enough to cover about 500 - 800 square feet).
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