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Native Plant Seed Balls: A DIY Guide to Restoring the Landscape

by Gregory
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Native Plant Seed Balls: A Fun and Educational Way to Restore the Landscape

What Are Native Plant Seed Balls?

Native plant seed balls are small, marble-sized balls made of clay, soil, and seeds. They are used to replant areas where the natural plant life has been destroyed, such as after a wildfire, flood, or construction project. Seed balls are also known as “seed bombs” or “guerrilla gardening.”

Why Use Native Plant Seed Balls?

Native plant seed balls are a great way to restore the landscape because they:

  • Protect seeds from the sun, wind, rain, and animals
  • Help seeds germinate and establish roots
  • Provide a boost to nature’s ability to heal itself

How Do Seed Balls Work?

Seed balls work by creating a protective environment for seeds. The clay casing shields the seeds from harsh conditions, while the soil provides nutrients and moisture. When the seed ball is placed in the ground, it begins to break down, releasing the seeds and allowing them to germinate.

How to Make Seed Balls

Making seed balls is a fun and easy activity that can be done with kids. You will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 parts potting soil
  • 5 parts pottery clay mix
  • 1-2 parts water
  • 1-2 parts seeds of your choice


  1. Mix the soil, clay, and 1 part water thoroughly. There should be no lumps. Slowly add more water until the mixture is the consistency of playdough.
  2. Add seeds. Keep kneading the dough until the seeds are well mixed in. Add more water if necessary.
  3. Take small bits of the clay mixture and roll into balls about one inch in diameter. The balls should hold together easily. If they are crumbly, add more water.
  4. Dry seed balls for 24-48 hours in a shady place before sowing or storing. They store best in a cardboard box. Do not use plastic bags.

Where to Plant Seed Balls

You can plant seed balls in any area where you want to restore native plant life. Some good places to plant seed balls include:

  • Vacant lots
  • Roadsides
  • Parks
  • Forests
  • Meadows

How to Plant Seed Balls

To plant seed balls, simply scatter them over the area you want to reseed. Do not bury them or water them. The seed balls will take care of themselves!

Benefits of Using Native Plant Seed Balls

Using native plant seed balls has many benefits, including:

  • Restoring native plant communities
  • Improving wildlife habitat
  • Reducing erosion
  • Filtering water
  • Providing food and shelter for pollinators


Native plant seed balls are a simple and effective way to restore the landscape and promote biodiversity. By making and planting seed balls, you can help to create a more sustainable and beautiful world.

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