Each native plant has its own survival strategy and the seeds of these individual species need different conditions to germinate. For a detailed explanation of this, see “Resources.”
The most important part of any seeding project is soil preparation. However, the obvious methods of soil preparation like rototilling or cultivating may not be the best option. For instance, we have had great success seeding directly into bluegrass or brome grass plantings after burning off the prior years’ duff. At other times, a fall broadcast seeding might work as well or better than trying to drill in uneven terrain.
Midwest Prairies has a no-till seed drill manufactured by Tye. This drill is designed specifically for native species. We also have a “whirly seeder” that allows us to spread seed over large areas efficiently. For small areas we use a variety of techniques to spread seed by hand.