“In using this method, we allow the area to maintain its natural soil structure and preserve its ability to retain moisture,” she wrote. “Thanks to Piedmont Park Conservancy for generously donating the use of their tractor and time, we were able to seed 20+ species of native grasses and wildflowers in the now fenced off area. Some of the species include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scorparium), black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), and orange milkweed (Aesclepia tuberosa).”
While the majority of the southeast was historically forested, this was not true for every bit of land. Meadows were woven into the natural landscape in areas where the soil was shallow, where livestock grazed, in areas that experienced frequent fires, or alongside creeks and rivers where the floodplains and beavers provided a wet meadow habitat. Meadows and grasslands now cover roughly 10% of what they once did.