Replacing Grass with Wildflowers

Grati, · Categories: Front Yard Garden, How I Grew It, Wildflowers
November 2013, in the bleak time prior to the creation of the wildflower garden.

November 2013, in the bleak time prior to the creation of the wildflower garden.

This year I replaced an 800-square-foot area of sun-bleached front yard with wildflowers, and it has been a lot of fun and very rewarding. I’ve even learned from my mistakes (I think.) I was amazed to discover how simple the process was–all I needed was an action hoe, some elbow grease, some wildflower seed, and a water hose.  Providing the elbow grease can be a problem for me, as I tire easily.  So I had to chip away at the project a few square feet at a time. (Better add planning and patience to the list of requirements.) Since I started prepping the area in November of 2013, that gave me plenty of time to gradually clear the ground and sow the seed.

June 2014: With the creation of the wildflower garden, the front yard has become an inviting place.

June 2014: With the creation of the wildflower garden, the front yard has become an inviting place.

I’ve been rewarded with striking displays of color, an unusual array of bugs and butterflies, more photo ops than you can count, a closer relationship with my neighbors, and even a request from a professional photographer who wanted to walk through the garden and do a photo shoot. And wildflowers re-sow easily, so I’m already looking forward to next year!

Here’s the slideshow with before-and-after pictures as well as intermediate steps in the process.

  • East side of front yard in July 2013, before conversion to wildflower garden: nothing but bleached-out Bermuda grass and sand burs.
    East side of front yard in July 2013, before conversion to wildflower garden: nothing but bleached-out Bermuda grass and sand burs.