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Wild Flower Seed Mix Guidelines 

MIXTURE SELECTION

It is important that the correct mixture is selected to coincide with the soil type and drainage characteristics of each site.

SITE PREPARATION

The aim is to produce a firm weed-free tilth to promote healthy germination. Subsoils often provide weed-free areas with a low nutrient status and are therefore suitable for wild flora planting. It is occasionally necessary to remove the topsoil in areas of high fertility (this can be sold to raise revenue) as these soils tend to promote the growth of more vigorous grasses and pernicious weeds. To remove docks and thistles, nettles and weed grasses, the site should be treated with Glyphosate (following the manufacturers instructions) prior to seed bed cultivation.  

SUMMARY

Cultivate site and allow to remain fallow if practical then treat with Glyphosate or remove topsoil, cultivate to 10cm and create a surface tilth.

SOWING

Sowing can take place throughout most of the year, providing a good tilth can be prepared, however the months of March/April and August/September are generally the most suitable.

  1. Mix seed - regularly mix to ensure even species distribution
  2. Drill/broadcast - calibrate sowing device
  3. Rate - 5g/m2 mixtures with grass 0.5-1.0g/m2 pure wild flower mixtures
  4. Sand - bulk up small seeding rates with 4 parts silica sand to one part seed by weight
  5. Raking/harrowing - mix seed into soil (depth approx 0.5 cm)
  6. Ring Roller - use Cambridge Roller to firm seed bed

WILD FLOWER MAINTENANCE

FIRST YEAR

The requirements in the first year are to control weeds and reduce competition from grasses. Cut the sward to a height of 5 cm every two months or when the sward reaches 15 cm. Remove all cut material to avoid smothering the sward. Where persistent weeds are a problem, spot treat with Glyphosate or dig-out. 

FUTURE MAINTENANCE

The sward should be well established after the first 12 months and contain a diverse range of species. Cut to 7.5cm during March/April and remove cuttings.  The second cut should take place at the end of the flowering season during August/October (the flowering period may alter slightly according to climatic conditions).  Remove all cuttings.  The site may require further cuts in the autumn period to remove untidy growth in an extended growing season. 

MAINTENANCE SUMMARY

FIRST YEAR

  • First cut 5cm March/April (Spring Seeding 1st cut in May)
  • Cut every 2 months or when sward reaches 15cm
  • Final cut September/October
  • Remove all cuttings

FUTURE YEARS

  • First cut 7.5cm March/April
  • Second cut 7.5cm August/October
  • Remove all cuttings

CORNFIELD ANNUALS - Make the first cut in early March and a second cut once the flowering period is over - September/October.   Harrow Autumn or Spring to regenerate annuals.

Cornfield Annuals Seed Mix

Cornfield Annuals Wildflower Seed Mix (347)

Cornfield annuals seed mix comprises one part wildflower seed and four parts wild grass seed. The Wildflowers and Grasses in this mixture are Browntop bent, Corn chamomile, Corn cockle, Corn marigold, Cornflower, Crested dogstail, Poppy, Sheeps fescue, Slender creeping red fescue, Smooth-stalked meadow grass and White campion giving a range of purple, blue, yellow, red and white colours.
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Wild Flower Seed Mix for Woodland and%

Wild Flower Seed Mix for Woodland and Heavy Shade (357)

Please see images for flower and grass species used. Sowing rate 5g / sq m.
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Wildflower Seed Mix for Acidic Soils %

Wildflower Seed Mix for Acidic Soils (below pH 6) (348)

Acidic Soil seed mix comprises one part wildflower seed and four parts grass seed. The Wildflowers and Grasses in this mixture are Betony, Birdsfoot trefoil, Black Knapweed, Browntop bent, Cats ear, Crested dogstail, Devils bit scabious, Foxglove, Fragrant Agrimony, Greater Birdsfoot Trefoil,Ladys bedstraw, Meadow buttercup, Ox-eye daisy, Ragged robin, Sheeps fescue, Sheep Sorrel, Sorrel, Slender creeping red fescue, Sneezewort, Sweet vernal grass, Tufted vetch, Wavy hair-grass, Yarrow and Yellow rattle giving a range of purple, blue, yellow, red, pink and white colours.
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Wildflower Seed Mix for Calceolarious So

Wildflower Seed Mix for Calceolarious Soils (350)

Calceolarious seed mix comprises one part wildflower seed and four parts wild grass seed. The Wildflowers and Grasses in this mixture are Browntop bent, Corn chamomile, Corn cockle, Corn marigold, Cornflower, Crested dogstail, Poppy, Sheeps fescue, Slender creeping red fescue, Smooth-stalked meadow grass and White campion giving a range of purple, blue, yellow, red and white colours. Click on the image for more information.
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Wildflower Seed Mix for Damp, Loamy

Wildflower Seed Mix for Damp, Loamy Soils (349)

Damp, Loamy Soils seed mix comprises one part wildflower seed and four parts wild grass seed. This species rich grassland mix lends itself well to a wide range of soils commonly found in lowland meadow situations. Contains a wide range of flowering species that will flourish in a variety of situations.
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