Traditional Wild Flower Meadow Mix
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- A magnificent mixture designed for meadows
- Contains a wide selection of reliable species together with fine leaved grasses
- Produces a colourful ground cover and canopy
- Can be spread by hand
- Available in 3kg bags
|Quantity||Bag Size||Unit Price|
|1||3kg Bags||£121.90 per bag|
|2||3kg Bags||£118.10 per bag|
|3-5||3kg Bags||£113.40 per bag|
|6+||3kg Bags||£110.80 per bag|
Can be sown at anytime from March to September/October ideally when the soil is moist or when rain is forecast and the weather is frost free.
Loosen soil by raking with a grass rake or grass harrows. Scatter seed on at a rate of 12kgs per acre if using a spreader or at a rate of 3-4 grammes per square metre by hand. Cover seed by lightly raking or harrowing and then firm by rolling or walking on.
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- Corn Marigold
- Corn Chamomile
- Black Medick
- Field Poppy
- Hard Fescue
- Chewings Fescue
- Crested Dogtail
- Sheep's Fescue
- Common Bent
- Slender Red Fescue
- Ox-eye Daisy
- Lady's Bedstraw
- Self Heal
- Red Campion
- Vipers Buglos
- St. John Wort
- Musk Mallow
- Meadow Buttercup
- White Campion
- B. Knapweed
- Yellow Rattle
- Wild Carrot
- Devils Bit ot Field Scabious
- Ribwort Plantain
- Ragged Robin
- Meadow Sweet
- Birdsfoot Trefoil
There is not a season of the year when our countryside is not decorated by one or another of the many attractive wildflower species which flourish in the woods, hedgerows, meadows and marshlands of the U.K. As mentioned in Countryfile, wildflowers are tough and resilient survivors yet according to the charity to the conversation charity Plantlife, the UK has lost around 97% of its natural wildflower habitats since the late 1930’s, threatening the wildlife that depends on them.
Thankfully more and more people are recognising the importance of preserving and enhancing our country’s wild flora. This has seen a recession of agri-enviromental agreements in recent years encouraging the sowing and re-establishment of many wildflower species. The result of this encouraging agenda, plus a significant rise in general public interest has seen us put together a range of options for those planning to establish ‘eco-friendly areas on farmland or other specialist locations.
Establishment of wildflower mixtures are not always immediate. Full establishment can sometimes take up to two or three years depending on the competition of the mixture. Site conditions/soil type, husbandry input and maintenance management also have a major impact on good establishment.
Here are some guidelines to help with establishment and great success.
Seed-bed preparation is the most important aspect of wildflower establishment and if poorly planned the cause of the greatest disappointment. Whilst annual flowers and the grasses will germinate readily, some of the biennial and perennials take longer. Beware of sowing at a lower rate than is necessary as this can allow weeds to creep in, especially on disturbed or imported soils. The importance of a fallow first or use of the stale seedbed technique before sowing can be crucial to overall success.
It is helpful if a site is cleared of existing vegetation and latent weed populations. If the area can be fallowed to allow any weed seeds in the soil to germinate and can be removed, problems with the establishment are often reduced.
Wildflower mixtures generally persist well in areas of low fertility. (If the soil is highly fertile it may be necessary to remove or strip existing topsoil and sow on to sub-soil).
Sowing rates vary from 2 to 5 grammes per square metre for most grass/wildflower mixtures. (We recommend sowing 100% flower mixtures at just 1 to 2 grammes per square metre).
After sowing it is advised to rake or lightly harrow the area then consolidate/compact gently. (Don’t sow too deeply, most Wildflower seeds will germinate on or near to the surface of the soil).
The optimum time for sowing mixtures it generally considered to be late summer or early autumn when seeds are shed naturally, soil is warm and moisture is usually present in sufficient quantity to aid good germination. Annual flower mixtures sown in early autumn should flower from June the following year.
Double sowings, one in autumn and one in spring on the same site produce prolonged colour throughout the summer and autumn. It may be necessary to re-seed areas of annual wildflowers at a reduced seeding rate in the autumn of the year of flowering in order to maintain the diversity of species and colour over a longer period of time.
The window in spring or early summer it also an optional period to sow wildflower/grass mixtures. Consideration must be made at this time for potentially greater weed competition in the seed-bed and experiencing sustained dry periods. Both factors can at times be detrimental to strong and full establishment of a mixture.
Germination of wildflower seeds can be erratic and some species require vernalisation before germination in spring of the following year, (i.e. a period of prolonged cold temperatures).
Management & maintenance guidelines for Wildflower based mixtures
Spring sowing year (1)
* Cut in August/September to tidy
Spring sowing year (2)
* Graze in early March (not for too long) then shut off to develop
* Cut after annuals have flowered and shed seed. A very light aftermath graze in the autumn helps too.
Autumn sowing year (1)
* Leave to fully establish
Autumn sowing year (2)
* Either mow or very lightly graze with livestock
* Graze at low stocking rate or top in August/September once flowering /seeding has occurred.
* Graze in early spring, shut off to allow flowering of perennials
* Hay cut can be taken in mid-July onwards and aftermath grazed in the autumn part of the year.
Further suggestions & tips for success
As a meadow develops, the annual flowers can disappear or reduce in number whilst the perennials become more prominent. It is possible to over seed with annuals. Areas must be cleared of clover prior to seeding. It is not recommended to fertilise as this will reduce the vitality of the herb and flower content of the meadow. Light stock grazing will fertilise naturally although it may be necessary to lightly harrow after spring graze to drag and spread manure evenly over the field.
From autumn sowing, a mixture should be allowed to develop until the grasses have seeded and any annual flowers have flowered in the following year.
Maintenance in the first year after sowing should be restricted to a high cut in late summer. This can then be followed by an early spring cut in the second year to remove any debris.
If the intention is to take a hay crop in the second year, a light graze or topping in the spring should be followed by shutting off to allow full development of the crop, and maximise seed shedding of all species.
If hay is taken, it is not usual to graze the aftermath. A topping in late autumn should tidy the area. The aftermath can be lightly grazed to tidy only after full re-growth has taken place. (Meadow mixtures that are heavily grazed tend to revert to a pure grass sward after a period of time – so avoid aftermath grazing by livestock to preserve the Wildflower/Herb content).
Always store under cover in a cool dry place
Reseal bag after part use
Do not store in feed area
Can be spread by hand
Do not feed to animals