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ACIDIC SOIL WILDFLOWER MEADOW
For a complete list of the Wildflower species in this meadow mixture, open the MIX WFA tab below.
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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% ACIDIC SOIL WILDFLOWER SEEDS mix WFA
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For a real chance of successful wildflower meadow establishment on acidic soil then only the most suitable species must be sown. Unlike other soil types where flower and grass species may survive outside of their normal habitat, acidic soils are far less forgiving.
This is by no means the most flamboyant wildflower seed mixture but it will display reasonable colour and together with the non-competitive companion grass will persist for many years. If a more diverse wildflower meadow is required than an application of crushed lime (not builders lime) to control the soil acidity before seeding is the only workable, long term solution.
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 an acidic soil 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:
Common Knapweed (centaurea nigra)
Musk Mallow (malva moschata)
Corn Cockle (agrostemma githago)
Ladies Bedstraw (galium verum)
Meadow Buttercup (ranunculus acris)
Ribwort Plantain (plantago lanceolata)
Betony (betonica officialis)
Ox-eye Daisy (leucanthemum vulgare)
Tufted Vetch (vicia cracca)
Wild Foxglove (digitalis purpurea)
Yellow Rattle (rhinanthus minor)
Corn Marigold (chrysanthemum segetum)
Yarrow (achillea millefolium)
Common Sorrel (rumex acetosa)
Field Poppy (papaver rhoeas)
Sheeps Sorrel (rumex acetosella)
Corn Chamomile (anthemis arvensis)
Ragged Robin (lychnis flos cuculi)
Birdsfoot Tefoil (lotus corniculatus)
Cornflower (centaurea cyanus)
Cats Ear (hypochoeris redicata)