The establishment of a prairie plant community takes 3 to 5 years. Without early management of the vegetation during this critical time, weeds and woody plants will displace the emerging and newly established native plants, resulting in a weedy plant community that will persist for many years. The goal after seeding is to reduce unwanted plants (weeds) and stimulate establishment and growth of the native plants until the prairie plant community is established.
A variety of early management techniques includes frequent mowing, herbicide use, manual maintenance (hand pulling, hoeing, and girdling), prescribed burning, and irrigation to control unwanted plants and enhance the natives.
Tallgrass Prairie Center
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©2018 Dave Williams
Williams, Dave, "Prairie Restoration Series: Initial Post Seeding and Early Reconstruction Management" (2018). Tallgrass Prairie Publications and Reports. 42.