Method of Application
If you have a small amount of seed or a large area, you can add volume by mixing clean, dry sand with the seed. This can help with an evener distribution of the seed and allows you a better visual mapping. Use 4 or 5 parts sand to 1 part seed. For small areas, broadcast seeds by hand. On larger areas, use a cyclone type fertilizer spreader. Rake lightly, if possible, covering seeds to no more than 1/8 inch or pull a section of chain-link fence behind an ATV or small tractor. This will cover the seed and save precious time.
A WORD ABOUT LARGE AREAS
Understand that moisture MUST be present for germination. Either seed in early Spring, planting just before the last hard frosts, and hope for adequate rain, or provide timely irrigation. You can also wait to seed until Fall, just before Winter (for a dormant seeding), the freeze/thaw temperatures of spring help to break the seed dormancy of some species of wildflowers.
Use 1 oz. of wildflower seed for every 100 square feet. Our experience tells that you can still get a good stand of wildflowers, if mother nature cooperates, even at the rate of 1 lb. for 4000 sq. ft. on sites of 1 acre or larger (this translates to as little as 10 lbs. per acre). Once established, the flowers will continue to reseed and spread to fill in.
To mix grass seed with wildflowers, use only non-turf forming species such as blue gramma, sheep fescue, or hard fescue in equal parts with flower seed. These are non-competitive and serve to control erosion. For the southeastern US, use non-rhizomatous Tall Fescue.