Including wildflower meadows in your projects not only brings beautiful seasonal colour but is of course a fantastic method to boost biodiversity and provide forage for declining pollinators. We all know our bees are crucial to supporting the planet, as quoted by David Attenborough ‘If bees were to disappear from the face of the earth, humans would have just 4 years left to live’. This is why supporting pollinators is so crucial and how better to do than with a stunning wildflower meadow.
With 18 varieties of wildflower seed on offer, Arbour Landscape Solutions can provide wildflower seed for all of your projects to support wildlife and to suit every environment.
What to expect from wildflower seed?
Using our Wildlife mix as an example you can expect a mix of 22 species of colourful wildflower species. The majority of these plant species feature on the RHS Perfect for Pollinators list. All offer either a source of food for insects and their larvae, seeds for birds and of course a sheltered habitat for small creatures.
This carefully selected blend of biannual and perennial species gives a bright pop of colour in the first Summer and a strong floral display in subsequent years. Suits most soil types. Enjoys a sunny site.
It is ideal to sow a wildflower meadow during March and April or in September, depending on soil conditions. On lighter soils, autumn-sown seeds generally germinate and establish quickly, although some will not come up until the following spring. This delay makes it advisable to wait until March or April on heavy soils, as waterlogging may cause the seed and seedlings to rot during winter.
Ground preparation is crucial, weeding by hand or with the use of a weed membrane for 3 months before sowing is ideal, once all weeds are removed level and rake the ground in preparation for the seed. Seed can be applied by hand or with a seed spreader dependant on the area to be covered.
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