And, in general, I have heard that they are not allowed to mow anywhere where bluebonnets grow. Well, if you live in Washington County, Texas, the time is now. Markwardt anticipates a fairly good bluebonnet crop in 2020, though not nearly as strong as it was in 2012. Muleshoe Bend Park in Spicewood, TX (Credit: Steve Ingenito, Country Sleep Photography ) Bluebonnets, as wildflowers, need to have their seeds spread along the sides of the road, in fields, and in other areas to grow. Late January and early February rainfalls this year, along with late autumn rains last year, should give spring flowers a boost. Again, I did not look for answers. Big fields have a continuous cycle of germinating seeds from many years. At this point in the season, the bluebonnets will be done flowering, and the petals will start to dry and drop. Bluebonnets prefer sunny, well-drained areas. Mowing at just the right times enhances wildflower and native vegetation growth. Show accomodations nearby. If most of the pods have opened and curled up, it is time to mow. By 1934, department rules delayed all mowing, unless essential for safety, until spring and early summer wildflower seasons were over. Jeff P . While wildflowers such as the bluebonnet are beautiful in bloom, once their color fades and the plants die back, they aren’t as attractive. Bluebonnets are the official state flower of Texas and seem to pop up just about everywhere this time of year, from your neighborhood median to the open fields in the Hill Country. Remember, YOU MUST REMOVE (shred and mow) the large bluebonnet plants IMMEDIATELY after they bloom next April or you can and will damage the bermuda grass turf. If you live somewhere other than Brenham, you can ldetermine when to mow them by looking at the seed pods of your bluebonnets. Leave the area undisturbed all winter —no mowing. After mowing rake any loose grass and thatch. Bluebonnets, being one of the state symbols, can be seen growing in every corner of the state, but the Texas Hill Country seems to be their favorite place. Until this year. If you can wait sow the seeds after a good rain. Bluebonnets near Palmer. To encourage more bluebonnets in a field, it’s important to wait until at least half the pods have turned tan before mowing. Here are a couple of not so great pictures to illustrate what I am talking about: At … Despite the bedraggled look, that is not the time to mow. For the best chances of a bluebonnet meadow you can be proud of, follow these tips: * In North Texas, plant mid-September to mid-October for best results. “I bet we’re going to have a … Find a … It’s best if you have a few bare spots. The peak season is usually in April. This practice has … * Bluebonnets like full sun. Now I can understand not mowing the sides of the road till the bluebonnets are gone, they make the sides look beautiful, but I do not understand why people are not allowed to mow their own yard. The first step, according to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center horticulturist Leslie Uppinghouse, begins in early summer, around May or early June. The fields bloom for about 6 weeks, from March till mid-April. Find that spot in your yard and mow the grass really low.