A: Most garden lawns contain rye grass, a hard wearing species designed to cope with the wear and tear. Unfortunately rye grass isn’t compatible with many wildflowers, so the best approach can often be to remove any existing grass and sow a wildflower and meadow grass mixture without rye grass.
If this is not possible however, there are still a few species of wildflowers that can be grown quite successfully in lawns containing rye grass. Read more
Q: Can I introduce Poppies and other cornfield seeds into an existing Wildflower meadow?
A: Unfortunately most cornfield annuals including Cornflowers and Corn poppies are not able to compete with established grass. To grow a cornfield meadow you will need to create an area of bare soil. Read more
Q: How and when should wild flower plant plugs be planted?
A: Cut any existing grass as short as possible in the areas where the wildflower plugs are to be positioned, then create a small hole where the plug is to be introduced. (You may find a bulb dibber useful for this) Read more
Q: How long do wildflower seeds take to germinate?
A: Some wildflower seeds generally germinate very readily and easily. Species such as kidney vetch and Birdsfoot trefoil often take only 2 or 3 days to emerge.
Unlike some ordinary flower seeds however, Read more
Q: Why is such a low sowing rate of 4 grams per sq. metre recommended for wildflower meadow seed mixtures?
A: A low sowing rate is used to encourage a somewhat patchy open grass sward in the short term. This helps to create receptive conditions necessary for the development of wildflower seedlings. Eventually the sward will thicken and close up.
Q: How can I establish a Wild flower meadow seed mix in an arable field grass margin ?
A: On arable farmland, wildflower meadow seed is best established alongside hedges, ditches and water courses. The aim is to create a conservation headland several metres wide that will contain a mixture of Native British Wild flowers and Native Meadow grasses that will require minimal maintenance. Read more