Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 146 (FBCMUD146) recently planted wildflower seeds along Oyster Creek at James Long Parkway. The project is a pilot program intended to enhance the natural beauty of the greenbelt while also reducing maintenance costs. The District’s vision is to expand the wildflower plantings in future years to include all portions of the Creek in our community.
Wildflowers are planted in the fall and typically begin to appear in early spring providing habitat for pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife. In addition to their colorful blooms and offering favorable conditions for native species, wildflowers enhance the surrounding landscape by preventing erosion, improving soil health and water quality, and reducing the impacts of drought. Once established, wildflowers also allow for reduced mowing frequencies, are less prone to disease, and require less water and fertilizer than turf grass and other common ground covers.
For more information about the Wildflower Planting Program, or general inquiries related to FBCMUD146 parks and common areas, please contact us through the District website at http://www.fbmud146.org/contact/ with questions or comments.