Many of our owners have beautiful wildflower meadows as part of their site. These not only offer habitats for lots of wildlife but are also an attractive feature for anybody looking to escape the city and immerse themselves in the countryside for the weekend.
Our friends at Meadow Mania have given us some expert tips on how to grow a wildflower meadow of your own.
1.Clear the ground first
Wild flowers don’t like competition early on and are slow to grow. It’s best to sow them into a good, fine, clean and level seed bed.
2.Sow at the right time
Meadows should be sown in the spring, mid March to mid May, or in the autumn, mid August to mid October. For seeds to grow the ground needs to be warm and there needs to have been recent rain for the meadow to thrive.
3.Sow at the right seed rate
If you’re using a grass and wildflower seeds mixture, sow at 4 grams per square metre. If you’re sowing just perennial wildflower seed, sow at 1.5 grams per square metre. Sowing at a higher seed rate does not necessarily mean you get a better result and could be detrimental to growth and yield.
4.Patience after planting
Wild flowers are slow to grow and are sown at low seed rates so you will need to be a little patient. They will take some time to establish and will look thin and patchy to begin with. In time they will fill out and create a beautiful meadow.
Watch out for any weeds that grow quickly and look like they dominate the ground early on. If you have this happen it may be something that is in the soil and not in the mixture and may need removing.