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We’ve carefully formulated this seed mix so you can sow it straight over an existing garden lawn to increase its diversity and value for wildlife in a quick, cheap and easy way. This is a rich mix of perennial and annual plants to help to create your own garden meadow that will benefit pollinators and birds.
“We’ve lost a staggering 97% of our flower-rich meadows in the UK since the 1930s,” explains our resident gardening expert, Adrian Thomas, “So here’s a way to put a little bit back in your own garden in a very simple way – no digging required!
“The mix contains a rich mix of perennial and annual wildflower species such as bird’s-foot trefoil and lady’s bedstraw, plus ‘the meadow maker’, yellow rattle, which helps suppress the vigour of the grass to allow the wildflowers to survive.”
To make your mini meadow, mow an area of garden lawn as short as possible, then scarify (scratch) it with a rake to expose little bits of soil (it will look a bit ravaged at this point, but don’t worry – this step is vital to give the seeds a chance to germinate), and remove all clippings/raked vegetation onto the compost.
Sow the seeds at 1g per square metre and water. Allow the area of lawn to grow without mowing until late July/August. Then mow and keep doing so through the autumn if it needs it. Always remove all the clippings. The wildflowers may not flower in the lawn until the second year, so be patient! Once established, they should be there for good. Remember, this is a hay meadow mix, so doesn’t contain colourful annuals such as poppies. The flowers are beautiful and extremely beneficial to wildlife, but this mix isn’t about colour fireworks!
Contents: 10% yellow rattle, 8% bird's-foot trefoil, 8% lady's bedstraw, 5% rough hawkbit, 10% wild carrot, 6% yarrow, 8% hedge bedstraw, 10% meadow buttercup, 8% self-heal, 8% common knapweed, 6% field scabious, 5% common sorrel, 4% white clover, 4% red clover.*
*Contents may vary.
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