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DAMP SOIL WILDFLOWER MEADOW
For a complete list of the Wildflower species in this meadow mixture, open the MIX WFDA 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% DAMP SOIL WILDFLOWER SEEDS mix WFDA
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Damp clay soil can be a problem to some native fauna as excessive moisture can be detrimental to healthy and sustained root growth of both wildflowers and grass. The wildflowers in this mixture are known to freely inhabit these conditions and are very suited to damp or heavy, clay based soils.
This mixture does extremely well around ponds, aside a water course (such as a steam or river bank) and on most slow to drain areas providing the soil temperature is reasonably good. In our experience it is best to avoid late and early season sowings, particularly on heavy, clay based soils.
On smaller areas it can be of great benefit to work some grit into the seedbed before sowing as this can significantly reduce the risk of seedlings damping off during early establishment.
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 damp clay 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:
Meadow Buttercup (ranunculus acris)
Common Knapweed (centaurea nigra)
Corn Cockle (agrostemma githago)
Self Heal (prunella vugaris)
Ribwort Plantain (plantago lanceolata)
Meadow Pea (lathyrus pratensis)
Birdsfoot Trefoil (lotus corniculatus)
Ragged Robin (lychnis flos cuculi)
Corn Marigold (chrysanthemum segetum)
Ladies Bedstraw (galium verum)
Common Sorrel (rumex acetosa)
Meadow Cranesbill (garanium pratense)
Greater Hawkbit (leontodon hispidus)
Field Poppy (papaver rhoeas)
Yellow Rattle (rhinanthus minor)
Field Scabious (knautia arvensis)
Devilsbit Scabious (succisa pratensis)
Ox-eye Daisy (leucanthemum vulgare)
Corn Chamomile (anthemis arvensis)
Yarrow (achillea millefolium)
Great Burnet (sanguisorba officinalis)
Red Clover (trifolium pratense)
Cornflower (centaurea cyanus)
Cowslip (primula veris)
Tufted Vetch (vicia cracca