Fall Seeding for Spring Diversity

P1010434Sow your wildflowers this fall with seed! Mid to late autumn can be a great time to create a lasting impression with native plants. If you are thinking of starting a prairie, savanna, or woodland, fall seed installation can encourage more wildflower diversity at your site. Some advantages to fall seeding:

  • There tends to be a higher germination rate especially for wildflowers and sedges in the first growing season.
  • The freeze/thaw cycle of winter allows seeds to be pulled further into the soil for better seed to soil contact. With early spring rains, seeds are then ready to sprout and grow.
  • Our sterile cover crop ensures soil retention once spring rains begin.

Is seed right for your project? The best first step is to know your site including soil, sun, and moisture conditions. Also consider your goals for the area. How should the plants work for you? A few examples are:

  • Low profile prairie mix provides a diverse mix of wildflowers and grasses under three feet in height.
  • Dry bottom detention mix is ideal for areas that flood for periods of time.
  • Wetland mix gives shorelines a beautiful mix of sedges and long-blooming wildflowers.


For new installations, plan on at least a three year cycle to get your plants get established. Ask us! We are happy to help you transform your area into something sustainable and buzzing with pollinators.

The Pizzo Superior Seed Mixes have been carefully developed with our years of expertise. Our mixes contain high rates of seed per acre. Choose from 13 different specially blended mixes that include recommended plug lists or we’re happy to customize a mix to your specific needs. See the complete details at Pizzo Native Plant Nursery.

To order seed, contact Pizzo Native Plant Nursery at 815-981-8000.

Ready to discuss your project?


Jake Hagelow
General Manager – Southern Territory

Seth Crackel
General Manager – Western Territory

Joe Pizzo
General Manager – Northern Territory