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Benefits of Planting Live Wildflower & Grass Plant Plugs

The plugs in the 84 Nova trays measure 1 1/8 inch diameter by 2 7/8 inches deep and taper like a cone with a bottom drain opening. The interior ridged design of the plug directs root growth downward & avoids the wrap around growth allowed by smooth sided plugs. As the roots develop & escape through the drain opening of the plug the atmosphere will burn off the protruding root material, in effect pruning them to encourage constant development of fresh root growth. When the plugs are placed into the ground, the roots are ready to rapidly establish themselves down into the soil. It has been our experience with planting both 3” square pots & the 84 Nova plugs that the plugs will compete with & sometimes surpass the growth of the larger potted plants in the first growing season. Some species planted as plugs will flower & set seed in the first year-we had Sawtooth sunflowers that were planted in June reach nearly 8’ & flower in the same season. The size of these 84 Nova plugs makes them easy to handle in planting & transporting. Native Plant Plug

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Plant Native Plant Plugs Now

Follow these simple steps to get your native garden going with live plant plugs:  Select the proper species just right for your region and environment. Select color, bloom time, soil moisture required and sunlight conditions.  Eliminate all competition from existing vegetation by tillage or using a burn down herbicide such as Roundup.  Group your plants by species and plant in clusters to make sure you get a real burst of color during flowering time.  Space your plants approximately one foot on center but you may leave a greater distance between clusters.  Of course, plant taller species in the background so as to not to hide shorter species.  Use a dibble bar to plant your plugs. A dibble bar can be hand made. If you are in loose soil that has been tilled, you may use your hand or hand trowel but in harder untilled soil, you will need a planting device called a dibble bar that you can create or purchase.  Make sure your live plants, when planted have good soil contact with minimal air space around roots. Insure this by heeling in the plants without injuring them and water them right away.  Mulch the entire area with approximately 4 inches of mulch.  You will need to maintain your garden by eliminating any unwanted weeds or species that tend to spread.  You may want to move some of your species in the future because you do not like the aesthetics. You can paint your own picture after you get a feel for what looks good to you. Earthyman

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