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HOW TO CREATE A WILDFLOWER MEADOW

It is very important to get the ground preparation right - fertile grassy areas will swamp wildflowers completely. You need to:- • Ideally, scrape off the rich topsoil, as it is full of weed seeds, which will result in a lush growth that will swamp the wildflowers. If sown in topsoil spray the area or use an organic method to get rid of coarse grass and weed seed. • Create a fine seed bed in the subsoil and lightly sow the seed. If the area is large divide it into sections and sow evenly (mixing with barley meal, silver sand or sawdust helps to spread the seed evenly and helps you to see where you have been). • Rake in thoroughly and firm down to ensure your seeds have a good contact with the soil. • If you do sow in topsoil, you will have to keep on top of the weeds and thin out the grass periodically. • Mow the area at least three times in the first year to a height of about 5cm (2"), this will also reduce grass competition. It is very important to remove the cuttings as they will increase fertility. Treat the area as you would a lazy lawn, i.e. cut it when it looks untidy, approximately 3 times a year.

In year two, when the meadow will start to flower, cut once (make sure your flowers have all set seed), this will usually be by mid September, and remove the cuttings to a compost heap. • DO NOT scatter your seed onto existing lawn / grass - it will not work. • DO NOT apply fertiliser to your meadow. • DO keep the area watered in dry spells.

USEFUL INFORMATION TO HELP YOU CALCULATE THE AMOUNT OF MIX REQUIRED

Sowing rate of Pure Wildflower Seed Mixture or Single species Usually sown 1g per sq. metre

1sq.m = 1g

10sq.m = 10g

100sq.m = 100g

200sq.m = 200g

1000sq.m = 1Kg

5000 sq.m = 5Kg

Sowing rate of Wildflower Grass Mixture Usually sown 5g per sq. metre

1sq.m = 5g

10sq.m = 50g

200sq.m = 1kg

1000sq.m = 5kg

4000sq.m (1 acre) = 20kg

10000 sq.m (1 hectare) = 50kg

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