(Click on the photo to enlarge and get a better view of the seed heads)
Received an email from Lisa who asked, “Rich, do you have a source for swamp timothy seed? i needed only a small amount to get our wetland going with it thanks, lisa”
Since others probably have this same question, I’m posting the response I sent her.
Lisa: When we first converted Mayberry from corn to wetland (25 years ago), we were in a rush to plant water grass, bull rush and swamp timothy so we purchased seed from a provider in Dos Palos – located between Los Banos and Mendota Wildlife Refuge. I don’t remember the name, but I do remember that the seeds were sorted from rice grain when the rice was harvested. Fortunately, if you flood up and ducks arrive they will bring swamp timothy with them as it clings to their bodies and feet. It is very tiny.Also, you probably have existing seed base if the property has ever been flooded previously. It is surprising to see what sprouts without importing seed. If you can find seed, purchase some. But don’t worry, after managing your property by flooding draining and irrigating, there will be a natural progression to seasonal marsh, even if you don’t import seeds.
Water and proper use of water are the key ingredients. Check out this pamphlet. http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/waterfowl/docs/WetlandinCentralValley.pdf