University of Maryland Extension

Native Meadow Practicum: Preparing the Ground

Date: Wednesday, June 1
Time: 10:00-12:00pm
Registration Fee: $25.00
Registration Ends: May 22
For more information and to register:

Class Description
This will be a short, hands on practicum which will focus on one aspect of successfully converting lawn to meadow--preparing the ground. We will

  • Discuss the most common causes of meadow failure.
  • Study multiple approaches to killing turf.
  • Discuss a novel approach to reducing soil compaction--radishes!
  • Kill some turf.

By the end of this course you will understand the variety of ground preparation methods at your disposal and when to use them. You will also get some hands-on experience of the process. By the end of this course you will have the skills and knowledge needed to prepare ground for your own native meadow project!

Class Schedule
9:30am-10:00am | Attendee arrival, check-in, light refreshments
10:00am-12:00pm | Classroom and practicum work

This class will count as 2 hours of continuing education and also towards the Native Plants Certificate.

About the Native Meadow Practicum Class Series

  • Our core curriculum will be the Native Meadow online class (available in late 2016). It is being developed in tandem with the Goddard Space Flight Center's actual progress making their own meadow. In addition to ground preparation, the online class will include seed selection, acquisition, and sowing.
  • Future Native Meadow Practicum classes will include topics such as selecting and ordering native seed, seed sowing, and meadow maintenance.

Specific directions to parking and the classroom space will be sent to registrants approximately a week before the class.

Registration Requirements
Note: U.S. Citizenship is required to enter the NASA building. Green cards are also acceptable.
Registration Deadline: If you are interested in taking the class, please make sure to register before the May 22nd deadline. NASA security staff require time to review the list of registrants and prepare visitor’s badges; late registrants cannot be added to the class.

Refund Policy
No refunds will be awarded after May 22nd.

Remember to Bring
Driver's license for verifying identification
Water bottle
MG or MN name badge
Clothing/hat/sunblock/insect repellant appropriate for garden work in whatever weather the day will bring
Notepad, camera
A rubber mallet or 5 lb hammer (if you have one)
Gardening scissors

What NOT to Bring
Do not bring anything weapon-like. Garden tools that might fall into that category include garden knives and machetes.

Dr. Sara Tangren (Agent Associate, Home & Garden Information Center) is a specialist in sustainable landscaping and native plants. In addition to working with native landscapes and planted meadows, she has worked with the University of Maryland Arboretum and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on the conservation of native plants.

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