Native Plants and Drought Resistant Plants for St. Augustine’s Valley of Death, Part III

by Sean Hess (, Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty ( Join us on Facebook.

The future wildflower area tarped over.

The future wildflower area tarped over.

This month we’re preparing the ground in the Valley for some Florida native wildflower plantings.

We did it by spreading out a black tarp (actually black trash bags cut up) over the area where we want the wildflowers to grow.  We did this so the heat from the sun will kill what’s underneath.

What is ironic is that we actually have to kill something in the Valley of Death, where I’ve said nothing will grow anyway.  It’s not neccesarily that things won’t grow, but that they grow oddly, weeds and the occasional sprout of grass together, seperated by sand patches.

So we’re trying to take it down to the sand so we can seed Florida native wildflowers like Blanket Flower and Black Eyed Susan.

We tarped out only half the area designated on our plat for wildflowers.  Like the society garlic and tender fountain grass we’ve already planted, we want to see how it goes in small amounts first.

I should have actually done the tarping in August when the heat is much higher, and seeded this month.  But we hadn’t planted the society garlic yet, which forms the border with the wildflowers.  So here we are and we’ll see how it goes.

I’ll keep you updated as we move along!

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