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Standard Seed Mixes

Cardno has more than 225 seed species in production and more than 500 individual genotype-identified seed lots. To simplify the process and economize on costs, Cardno has developed several customized seed mixes for specific habitats. For any of these mixes, you can download the species list as either an Excel spreadsheet or as a pdf. These seed mixes are made to order, so please allow approximately 1 week for us to process your order.

In the spirit of continuous improvement, we have redesigned our native seed mixes for 2019 to provide greater diversity, increased coverage, and key pollinator food sources. In most mixes, we have increased the number of flowering species. We have also removed some poor-performing species from our mixes based on feedback from customers and internal restoration specialists. Our Midwestern Mesic Pollinator Mix was improved with the addition of a temporary cover crop to make broadcasting easier and provide additional protection during the early establishment period. 

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*Renamed in 2019* Native Wildflower Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

This seed mix includes quick-blooming native wildflowers to provide initial color during native prairie establishment, especially on restoration sites. This mix contains many species beneficial to native bees and pollinators and can be used to supplement other seed mixes or existing natural areas. This seed mix includes at least 10 of 12 native forb species. Apply at 4.63 PLS pounds per acre.


Midwest Mesic Pollinator Seed Mix .pdf I .xlsx

This pollinator seed mix is a good choice for creating new pollinator habitat, or enhancing an existing native planting. Its combination of forbs and native grasses is ideal for creating wildflower-rich habitats that support a diverse population of bees and other pollinators for dry to mesic soils. This seed mix includes 3 native grass species and at least 21 of 26 native forb species. Apply at 35.75 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Great Lakes Dune Mix .pdf | .xlsx

This Dune seed mix contains species found in the fore- and back-dune areas around the Great Lakes. This mix is intended to be used in areas of disturbance to stabilize sandy soils. It is recommended that this mix is supplemented with bareroot dune grass (Ammophilia breviligulata) plantings. Because dunes are dynamic zones, other erosion control methods may also be required. This Midwestern native seed mix contains at least 4 of 5 native permanent grasses, and 7 of 10 forbs. Apply at 51.78 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Economy Prairie Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

This prairie seed mix offers an economical way to establish a prairie. In addition to native prairie grasses, flowering species provide color throughout the growing season and food sources for birds and butterflies. Adding seed or plant plugs at a later date is a wonderful way to increase a prairie's richness and diversity. This seed mix includes at least 6 of 7 native permanent grass and sedge species and 10 of 13 native forb species. Apply at 37.70 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Basic Prairie Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

A general prairie grass and wildflower mix providing a solid variety of species for most soil types and full sun, this seed mix features a broad palette of colorful species, including several key species for pollinator habitat. Adding seed or plant plugs at a later date is a wonderful way to increase a prairie's richness and diversity. This seed mix includes at least 6 of 7 native permanent grass and sedge species and 20 of 24 native forb species. Apply at 38.66 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Low-Profile Prairie Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

This prairie seed mix provides a wide range of shorter prairie grass, sedge, and wildflower species. Most of the species will grow to 4 feet or less, making this an ideal mix for areas where taller forbs and grasses are not appropriate. Once established, this wildflower community displays a variety of colors, booming from early spring to fall, creating a diverse habitat for birds, butterflies, moths and other pollinators. This seed mix is suitable for medium-to-dry sites. The grasses in this mix will perform best in sandier soils. This seed mix includes at least 5 of 6 native permanent grass and sedge species and 28 of 32 native forb species. Apply at 38.50 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Mesic-To-Dry Tallgrass Prairie Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

This is a broad-spectrum prairie grass, sedge, and wildflower seed mix for sites with full sun and medium-to-dry soils. The height profile is more varied than the Low-Profile Prairie seed mix, with species ranging from short to tall. This profile creates a more diverse habitat, offering a variety of cover and food options for wildlife. This seed mix includes at least 6 of 7 native permanent grass and sedge species and 26 of 32 native forb species. Apply at 39.00 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Wet-To-Mesic Tallgrass Prairie Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

This prairie seed mix offers a broad spectrum of prairie grasses, sedges, and wildflowers for sites with medium-to-wet soils. This dynamic grouping of plants features a variety of colors and textures while tolerating a wide range of conditions with several Silphium and Solidago species to provide late-season food sources for native pollinators. This seed mix includes at least 8 of 11 native permanent grass and sedge species and 26 of 34 forb species. Apply at 36.19 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Sedge Meadow Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

A grass and sedge mix for level sites with saturated soil conditions (although it will tolerate drier soils late in the year), this meadow seed mix creates a diverse habitat, offering a variety of cover and food options for wildlife. Many of the plants attract pollinators, such as butterflies and hummingbirds. This seed mix includes at least 14 of 18 native permanent grass, sedge, and rush species and 27 of 30 native forb and shrub species. Apply at 39.31 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Wooded Wetland Establishment Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

Use this wetland seed mix in partially shaded riparian corridors and saturated, newly reforested areas to reduce weed competition and provide soil stabilization. As the tree canopy fills in, some of the species in this seed mix will establish a permanent herbaceous understory layer and help to fill out the maturing wooded wetland. This seed mix includes at least 12 of 16 native permanent grass and sedge species and 16 of 21 native forb or shrub species. Apply at 33.88 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Wetland Edge Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

This is a wetland and pond-edge seed mix for sites with stable, saturated soil conditions and good water quality. When established, the deep-rooted native plants stabilize the soil and provide food and cover for many species of native fauna. Some plant species will spread to water depths of up to four inches. This seed mix includes at least 12 of 15 native permanent grass, sedge, and rush species and 18 of 24 native forb species. Apply at a rate of 33.00 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Emergent Wetland Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

This is a wetland seed mix for saturated soils and shallow water in relatively stable wetlands and ponds with good water quality. When established, plants will spread to water depths of up to 12 inches. This seed mix includes at least 8 of 12 native permanent grass, and sedge species and 15 of 20 native forb or shrub species. Apply at a rate of 33.88 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Stormwater Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

A wetland seed mix for saturated soils in a detention pond or for seeding a saturated basin, this mix will tolerate highly fluctuating water levels and poor water quality associated with urban stormwater wetlands and ponds. For detention basins that experience long, dry periods, us the Economy Prairie seed mix in the upper third to half of the basin area in combination with this mix. This seed mix includes at least 10 of 12 native permanent grass, sedge, or rush species and 13 of 17 native forb species. Apply at 32.97 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Slope Stabilization Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

This grass and sedge mix is best suited for sites with slopes where erosion control is needed. Applications include embankments, dams, and levees. Use this mix in conjunction with erosion control materials for best results. This seed mix includes 7 of 8 native permanent grass and sedge species. Apply at 59.5 PLS pounds per acre.

 

Swale Seed Mix .pdf | .xlsx

Best suited for drainage swales or depressions, the native plants used in this mix help filter pollutants from lawns and pavement runoff. This seed mix can also be applied to areas that temporarily retain water after a rain event or dry-bottomed detention basins. This seed mix includes at least 10 of 12 native permanent grass and sedge species and 12 of 17 native forb species to provide diversity for establishment. Apply at 33.75 PLS pounds per acre.