Create a wildflower patch
Wildflower meadows are beautiful and low maintenance. Here's how to create your own mini wildflower patch in your own garden.
A wildflower meadow is a pretty alternative to lawns or borders in your garden. As well as being beautiful, the wildflowers attract butterflies, insects, farmland birds and other wildlife. And that’s a good thing.
Not sure where to begin. We asked Ben Chick from Managed Acres for some advice.
Preparation is key. The more time you send preparing the ground the better the results will be. You can start prep work at any time of the year and if you are not in a rush then spend one whole growing season making sure you get rid of any weeds and grasses.
If adding flowers to existing grass, Yellow rattle is you friend, it’s a hemiparasite and will weaken the grass allowing the delicate wild flowers to thrive.
Choose the right flowers for your soil type. If using seed, be patient, most of the flowers are perennial and will not flower well for the first few years.
Cut at the right time of year depending on the weather and if the flowers have set seed. This is normally August – October. Leave it for a week the dry, turning it to help the seeds drop down to the soil, then rake it all up and put it on the compost heap.
Sow your extra favourite plants that you want lots of, into seed trays for pricking out and planting as soon as the soil warms up in the spring.
You don’t want to leave the clippings and enrich the soil. Wild flowers like poor soil conditions and an open sward over the winter keeps healthy, disease free plants.