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Guide to Wildflower Meadow Seed Mixes

Landlife’s Wildflower Meadow Mixtures are composed of common core species. Our perennial meadow mixes, once established, will flower every year.

Soils and Sowing

Unlike the Cornfield Annuals, these mixes are more suitable for poor soils, light subsoils, grits, gravels and limey soils, but be patient, establishment will be slow and don’t expect flowers until year 2. Sow in the Spring or Autumn.

For a good show of perennials, surface sow at 1g per square metre into a clean well raked level area. Mow or strim your meadow once the seeds have dropped in the Autumn and remove the cuttings.

About Grass

Beautiful areas of wildflower meadows can be created without the use of grass in the mixtures.

Since 2007 we have taken a bold step and removed all grass from our meadow mixes.

Our most successful wildfl ower areas have been created without adding any grasses to the wildflowers. We have decided to give the wildflowers sold in this catalogue the same head start without the difficulty caused by competition from grass growth. No grass also means much less maintenance, particularly in the early years. You will find that local grasses will rapidly find their own way in to your wildflower meadow, seed may be in the soil already, or will blow in. Wildflowers will quickly colonise and green up an area. Don’t worry, it will not look bare without the grass and open spaces provide room for grasshoppers to warm up. You can add annuals to the mix for first year colour.

Yellow Rattle

If grasses do start to invade, then a certain amount of control may be achieved by sowing Yellow Rattle. For best results, sow in the Autumn - as a winter frost can help the seed to germinate. After you have given your meadow the final cut of the year, simply give the area containing the grass a hard rake over and surface sow the Yellow Rattle seeds and firm down.

This annual should germinate in the Spring and the developing plants then feed off the grass thereby weakening the sward. Once established Yellow Rattle should thrive in the meadow.

 

Mix Composition

Our wildflower mixes list percentages of seed by weight. These percentages may seem high or low for some species. This is because some species of wildflower such as bellflowers can have over 5,000 seeds per gram whilst others such as Corncockle just 30. When putting the ready made mixes together, we use this information, alongside the knowledge we have on germination rates, to try to ensure the mix has a good final show. For example our Signature annual mix has 60% Corncockle by weight, but by number of seeds in the mixture it only makes up 2% of the final mix. Corn Poppy is in the mix at 10% by weight but accounts for 80% of the seeds in the mix. Please give us a call if you have any questions about the make up of our mixes.

 

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