Prairie communities once covered approximately 15% of Indiana, but due to extensive development and agriculture less than 1% of this area remains today. Eco Logic is dedicated to re-introducing prairie communities to increase biodiversity and to reduce the intensive maintenance of turf grasses. We customize seed mixes to match the slope, soil, and sun exposure of each site, and to meet the aesthetic needs of our clients. For diverse wildflower displays we focus on mixes with short grasses such as Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparius), Side Oats Gramma (Bouteloua curtipendula), and Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis). These short stature grasses coexist well with wildflowers and allow them to remain visually accessible.

Tallgrass Prairies consist mainly of Indiana Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) and Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) and are better suited to plantings installed on large acre sites. It is important to use tall and somewhat aggressive wildflowers such as native Sunflowers, New England Asters, (Aster novae-angliae) and Tall Coreopsis (Coreopsis tripteris) which can compete with tall grasses to provide a diverse plant community rather than a monoculture.

Seeding with Truax No-Till Seed Drill

To avoid the detrimental effects of tilling and plowing, Eco Logic uses a Truax No-Till Seed Drill for installation of native grass and wildflower seedlings on larger properties. A no-till seed drill installs and packs the seeds at proper depths, thus ensuring successful germination and proliferation of your native plant community.