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Wildflower Project

Information about SWMD's wildflower project.

The wildflower project supports the local bee population and helps weed control on city medians. Wildflowers provide nourishment for native and honey bees as well as other pollinators. They also foster peaceful and aesthetically pleasing environments. A recent study has shown that bees prefer visiting native flowers over other types of flowers. The wildflower project helps to build a bee friendly corridor throughout our city.

Once established, native wildflowers do not need fertilizers or herbicides or even watering. The simplest and most cost effective way to control weeds is the presence of maximum density native plants and flowers.

Green and Growing category winner. Photo courtesy of Donna Ahrend.

We plan to scale up the wildflower project with the following goals in mind:

  • To continue to make Burque a bee friendly city
  • Reduce the amount of water needed for median maintenance
  • Reduce the amount of herbicide needed for weed control

The most ideal time to plant wildflowers is March through the end of May and from the beginning of October through the middle of November.