The use of wildflowers can be divided into two areas: ornamental landscaping and reclamation. When purchasing wildflower seed, it is important to make sure it meets state standards for germination, has high purity (over 95%), and contains no noxious weed seeds. The best mixtures contain annuals and perennials which are either native or have become naturalized in the area. Annuals are essential in ornamental landscaping because they provide a colorful display and they act as a nurse crop for the slower-developing perennials. Height is also a consideration. Low-growing mixtures are in demand for many suburban and rural settings. For planting, start with bare soil that has been tilled, water thoroughly, after germination spray weeds, and remove dead debris. Repeat this process without tilling. If the seed is broadcast, rake or drag the area. For large areas, drilling or hydroseeding may be appropriate. An alternative planting method is described in this article when weeds are a major problem.

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