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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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Old English Country Meadow Wild Flower%2

Old English Country Meadow Wildflower Seed Mix (354)

A fantastic all round mixture suitable for a whole range of sites and soils containing a range of the most robust species that will establish quickly. This mix is our most popular 80/20 mix and provides great value for money.
Price : From £11.22
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Widlflower Seed Mix for Wet, Loamy Soils

Widlflower Seed Mix for Wet, Loamy Soils (351)

This mixture is ideal for low lying heavier soils represented best by lowland water meadows and flood plains that experience seasonal flooding. These soils can have a higher nutrient levels so careful management of the grass species is key to the successful establishment of this mix.
Price : From £30.62
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Wild Flower Seed Mix for Woodland and%

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

Heavy shade provides a really challenging environment but the key shade indicator species used in this mixture are well placed to thrive, suggested for areas that are already subject to an element of shade.
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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.
Price : From £20.41
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Wildflower Seed Mix for Dry, Free-draining Loamy Soils

Wildflower Seed Mix for Dry, Free-draining Loamy Soils (352)

Dryer soils are often lower in nutrient providing an ideal root zone for wild flower species, this mixture can be used on maintainable slopes with lower available moisture as well as larger areas of lighter soil.
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Wildflower Seed Mix for Hedgerow and Light Shade

Wildflower Seed Mix for Hedgerow and Light Shade (353)

Lightly or partially shaded areas present their own challenges as amounts of light and sunshine can vary dramatically. Contained within this mix are a species that will thrive in an environment of this type.
Price : From £20.41
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Wildflower Seed Mix for Low Maintenance Landscaping (inc. 10% Wild Flora)

Wildflower Seed Mix for Low Maintenance Landscaping (inc. 10% Wild Flora) (356)

A good all round value for money mix, suitable for a whole range of sites and soils containing the a range of robust flower species. The inclusion of annuals makes it ideal for sites where there is to be no “year one” mowing as part of the maintenance provision allowing the annuals to flower providing colour in the first year.
Price : From £8.16
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Wildflower Seed Mix for Low Maintenance Landscaping (including 5% Wild Flora)

Wildflower Seed Mix for Low Maintenance Landscaping (including 5% Wild Flora) (359)

A good all round value for money mix, suitable for a whole range of sites and soils containing the a range of robust flower species. The inclusion of annuals makes it ideal for sites where there is to be no “year one” mowing as part of the maintenance provision allowing the annuals to flower providing colour in the first year.
Price : From £6.12
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Wildflower Seed Mix for Water Margins and Pond Edges

Wildflower Seed Mix for Water Margins and Pond Edges (358)

Establishing mixtures on water margins can be difficult due to fluctuating water levels, try and sow when weather conditions look stable. Only use this mix where there is a constant supply of moisture, this is essential for the indicator species to thrive.
Price : From £2.99
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