Bonita Springs micro Prairie

Convert a Flower Bed to Micro-Prairie | 195/365 Things to Do

One of the biggest challenges in the yard at my current home in Bonita Farms is the fact that I have no trees and the fact that there is a make shift flower bed in the front yard where the trees used to be. My tree free yard is complements of Hurricane Irma.  A few fell down and the rest were removed because they were awkwardly left behind. The biggest palm was a royal and it was removed because it was huge and every time it rained it tipped another inch. It was a matter of time before it fell the wrong way and caused damages.

So here we are with a flower bed over the remainder of roots.  We did grind the stumps but the ground isn’t exactly plant ready after big trees were there.  The end result was to create a kidney shaped flower bed that worked well for a while but I’ve given up on the battle with the weeds. We are actively transitioning the flower bed to a micro-prairie.

Our micro-prairie isn’t an all-native spot yet but we are adding natives to it all the time. The purpose of the micro-prairie is to eliminate the need for poisons and weed killers, to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies and to attract critters to the yard who start living off of the new ecosystem we are trying to grow.  We also have added plants that are lower maintenance and don’t require much water such as sweet almond and milkweed.

If you’d to learn more about building a micro-prairie you can start by visiting native plant friendly stores like Driftwood Nursery in Estero and Riverland Nursery in Fort Myers. You can learn more about native plants here: Florida Native Plant List