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CHALK SOIL WILDFLOWER MEADOW
For a complete list of the Wildflower species in this meadow mixture, open the MIX WFC tab below.
Price details per 1.00 kg (Including 20% VAT)
Buy 3 x 1.00 kg at 5% discount
Buy 5 x 1.00 kg at 10% discount
Buy 10 x 1.00 kg at 15% discount
Buy 20 x 1.00 kg at 20% discount
Contents ( 1.00 kg )
- 20% SHEEPS FESCUE festuca ovina
- 16% DOGSTAIL cynosurus cristatus
- 16% FINE FESCUE festuca rubra litoralis
- 8% MEADOWGRASS poa pratensis
- 8% CATSTAIL phleum pratense bertolonii
- 8% CHEWINGS FESCUE festuca commutata
- 4% BENTGRASS agrostis capillaris
- 20% CHALK SOIL WILDFLOWER SEEDS mix WFC
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Limestone and Chalk Soil of neutral and higher ph (alkaline) can produce some of the best wildflower meadow landscapes. This is often due to the below average nutrient content of these types of soil preventing the companion grasses from becoming dominant and over powering more delicate flora.
The wildflower species in this mixture are highly suited to the free draining and warmer ground associated with calcareous type (Chalk or Limestone) soil. Some meadows may even flower both in the spring and late summer (after cutting) before the onset of cooler, late autumn temperatures.
Early and/or late sowings can be an advantage on particularly free draining sites as more moisture is generally available to developing seedlings.
All broadleaf and grass weeds should be controlled by hoeing or with a general herbicide before sowing takes place. Low soil fertility should be maintained at all times.
For the best results, evenly broadcast the entire seeds mixture over a fine, clean seedbed which already has a little loose soil on the surface. Lightly rake them into the loose soil before rolling, treading or tamping the surface firm again to place the wildflower meadow seeds into intimate contact with the seedbed.
Perennial wildflower meadows often take over 12 months to fully establish so we include a little native annual wildflower seed in our mixtures for additional first year colour.
Never apply fertiliser or any type of selective, broadleaf weed control to a wildflower meadow.
2 to 10 grams per square metre
BEST SOWING TIMES
Mid spring to Early autumn
1.00kg covers 100 to 200 square metres
- Produce a firm, weed free seedbed clear of large stones and any other debris.
- Rake or harrow over the surface to create a thin layer of fine soil (tilth) approximately 10-20mm deep.
- Split the total quantity of amenity grass seed to be applied into two equal amounts.
- Apply the first half over the entire area either by hand or by using a broadcast spreader.
- Gently work most of the applied seeds into the tilth with a firm rake or harrow.
- Apply the remaining seed in the same way and again, rake or harrow most of them into the tilth.
- Finally, lightly tread over or roll the surface to squeeze the seeds and tilth down into the seedbed. This method ensures the wildflower seeds are evenly spread, set at different depths and in good contact with the soil. All of which helps to anchor the seeds in position so as not to float away during heavy or persistant rainfall and to retain the correct moisture level for quicker germination.
- Wildflower meadow seeds may also be surface sown however, germination may be uneven and significantly slower particularly during periods of prolonged sunny, dry or windy weather even with regular irrigation.
The following native wildflower species make up 20% of the seeds mixture listed above:
Field Scabious (knautia arvensis)
Meadow Buttercup (ranunculus acris)
Kidney Vetch (anthyllis vulneraria)
Corn Cockle (agrostemma githago)
Greater Knapweed (centaurea scabiosa)
Birdsfoot Trefoil (lotus corniculatus)
Corn Marigold (chrysanthemum segetum)
Salad Burnet (poterium sanguisorba)
Tufted Vetch (vicia cracca)
Field Poppy (papaver rhoeas)
Hoary Plantain (plantago media)
Ladies Bedstraw (galium verum)
Dropwort (filipendula vulgaris)
Corn Chamomile (anthemis arvensis)
Wild Carrot (daucus carota)
Yarrow (achillea millefolium)
Ox-eye Daisy (leucanthemum vulgare)
Self Heal (prunella vugaris)
Wild Margoram (origanum vulgare)
Greater Hawkbit (leontodon hispidus)
Cornflower (centaurea cyanus)