The flowers in the Hedgerow/Light Shade Wildflower Meadow seed mix are the perfect solution if you're not sure what to do with a shady area or a piece of ground near shrubs or trees. The Hedgerow/Light Shade Wildflower Meadow seed mix contains 17 varieties that are suitable and can thrive in light shaded areas. Once established, from year 2 onwards, the aim is to have different species of height, colour, and appearance from May through to August.
This mixture contains 100% wildflower seed, with NO GRASSES, and is ideal for those situations where you wish to sow on established grass. Likewise, it can be sown straight on to a weed-free seedbed. This mix is 100% native UK origin.
If you are sowing on to established grass it is prudent to add additional Yellow Rattle as this will help to ensure that the existing grass doesn't start to dominate the wildflowers.
You can buy Yellow Rattle in a variety of pack sizes to suit the sowing area that you require [HERE]
Hedgerow/Light Shade Wildflower Seed Mix Information
|When to Sow:
||Throughout the year (bar the depths of winter) but best results from August to October then March to April.
|Soil / Site Conditions:
Part shade and shade
Most soil types
|How to Sow:
Hedgerow/Light Shade Wildflower Seed Mix can be used to overseed into existing grass, provided the sward comprises only fine leaved grasses and does not include ryegrass, agricultural species or weeds.
Firstly mow the grass area very short. Using a rake or harrow, the grass then needs to be raked to remove the thatch (the layer of dead grass and moss that builds up on the soil surface). If necessary, then use a 3 pronged hoe to break up the soil surface. This ‘scarification’ is really important; the seed must be able to reach the soil surface. Aim for at least 50% bare soil, preferably more - as Monty says you need to knock the hell out of the grass! Broadcast the seed at a rate of 4.5gm per sq metre (The seed can be mixed with sharp sand to ensure a more even spread). Walk over the seeded area ensuring that the total ground is walked upon. This is to ensure that the seeds are in contact with the soil, which is vital for germination.
Bee & Butterfly Wildflower Seed Mix performs best in low nutrient soils, which haven’t been heavily fertilised in the past. For best results sow into bare soil after clearing all existing plants and weeds from the area.
Cultivate the ground to a depth of 10cm to relieve compaction and create a fine level tilth, free from obstructions (to allow for mowing at a later stage). Finish the seedbed by treading or lightly rolling the area, so that it is firm enough to stand on without leaving indentations.
Carefully water during dry weather, and keep on top of removing weeds until the meadow begins to establish.
Perennial species can be slow to establish and are unlikely to flower in the first year. Annual species will generally flower in year one. During the first year remove any weeds which grow before they run to seed. Weed growth is common due to the action of disturbing the ground. The area can be cut once the flowers have died back in the autumn. We recommend leaving the area undisturbed for as long as possible, ideally until February / March (before the first spring growth). The dead flowers and stems provide a diverse environment which is a haven for wildlife through the winter months. Cut the area down to around 10cm using a scythe, strimmer or mower, leaving the cuttings for up to a week before removing. This will allow them to dry and shed seeds back into the soil.
After twelve months the sward should be well established and requires little additional maintenance. Simply follow the same annual cut pattern (either in spring or autumn depending on your preference). As an ongoing process, observe and remove any weeds which invade the area. Over time, some species within the mixture may become more dominant due to environmental factors and natural selection. To encourage diversity, simply reduce the number of dominant plants in order to restore the balance.
Germination of wildflower seeds can be erratic and some species require vernalisation before germination in spring of the following year, e.g. a period of prolonged cold temperatures.
Be aware that it can take several years for the meadow to become established, patience is required, just as in nature!
||2 grams per square metre.
|Pack Weight / Area:
When to Sow Hedgerow/Light Shade Wildflower Seed Mix
Hedgerow/Light Shade Wildflower Seed Mix Contents
Agrimony, Betony, Blue Bell, Common Sorrel, Foxglove, Hedge Bedstraw, Meadow Buttercup, Meadow Rue, Oxeye Daisy, Ragged Robin, Red Campion, Ribwort plantain, Selfheal, Vipers Buglos, White Campion, Yarrow, Yellow Rattle
Species subject to change without notice due to availability
General Wildflower Seed Information & Advice
Follow the links below for more information on Wildflowers:
> Video of Monty Don Showing How To Sow A Wildflower Meadow
> Wildflower Seed Sowing Advice
> Benefits of Growing Wildflowers
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