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Wildflowers and prairie grasses available by order

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[APRIL 19, 2006]  The deadline for ordering wildflowers and prairie grasses from the Logan County Soil and Water Conservation District is May 12.

If you are looking for something new and would like to capture a bit of Illinois heritage at the same time, perhaps prairie plants are the answer.

The Logan County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering several varieties of plants in 2.5-by-2.5-inch containers. These plants are 3 to 7 inches tall. They are warm-season plants that can be planted from May through September and are well-adapted to the geology and climate of Illinois. They are relatively disease-resistant, long-lived perennials requiring little maintenance once established. Each plant costs $1.50 each.

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Plant these wildflowers and grasses like any perennial garden. Water and control weeds, and mulch if possible. A spring burn is the only maintenance needed. If you can't burn, remove old thatch each spring.

For more information and an order form, call the district office at (217) 732-2010, ext. 3. Remember, May 12 is the deadline for ordering plants.

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