Lantana Replaced with Wildflowers

That’s what I hope will be the result! Sadly, my lantana plants looked like they were stricken by some type of disease. To prevent potential risk for spread to surrounding plants, I removed the lantana. It’s a necessary part of routine garden maintenance.

In their place, I sprinkled wildflower seeds. I purchased a plastic bucket of seeds (19 varieties!) back in 2005 (!) and didn’t get around to using them. I kept them in a dry cool place, so I am hopeful that in 2-3 weeks, I will see signs of flower seedlings. What a nice way to celebrate summer, with wildflowers!

HOW TO: Using a lopper that I normally use for trimming the neighbor’s overhanging tree branches, I positioned the lopper at the base of each plant, where all of their “branches” emanate, lopping them off at their base with a few cuts, thereby removing each plant with minimal effort.

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE: Lantana is highly poisonous if it is ingested. I’ve gotten a rash after pruning it. Please take care with this plant.  More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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