As with many abandoned or marginal field edges, this site had a significant invasive plant infestation. The grant monies paid for a licensed herbicide applicator to treat the site twice this summer to kill unwanted vegetation. We waited 6 weeks after the last application and then mowed down the dead stalks of what remained, raked the dead thatch out of the way to expose the soil, broadcast a pollinator mix from Ernst Seeds that is specific to the northeastern U.S., and then drove over the area thoroughly with a pickup truck to ensure good seed contact with the dirt. With a little luck, this area will be a pollinator mecca next summer!
After the final herbicide treatment:
Rolling to get good soil contact:
The finished product:
Out of curiosity, I did an internet search for pollinator slogans and here is what I came up with:
*Action is in order to stop colony collapse disorder
*Give Bees a Chance
* Let's agree to save the Bee
* Insecticides used on corn will make beekeepers mourn
And my favorite: "Don't Be A Hater, Save the Pollinator"