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WAYS TO MEADOW

Ways to Meadow

There a vast array of ways to build a meadow here’s just a few! Remember each site and location are completely unique and sometimes off the shelf solutions may just not be right.

My first question is around your expectations of how you envisage a wildflower meadow. Sadly there is some market misinterpretations of meadows that can be short lived or unsuccessful if they are not implemented correctly. Hopefully with my experience I can guide you through some very important wisdom that could save you a small fortune and avoid a disappointing meadow.

Doing nothing… Kind of Successful 

You can just leave lawn turf or pasture land to naturally develop. Reliant heavily upon seed bank available in the soil and local ecology. you can import meadow hay to act as a seed importer, but success is quite low.

Very low impact with minimal disturbance, results vary widely! 

Costs… Low to medium

Seeding… Very Successful 

Stripping back of all the over burden until there is a nice clean open texture to the soil below either by spraying, turf cutting or adding a PAS100 compost. There are many differing variants available within seeding methods. That’s where experience comes into play. We make our own seed blends to match each site and its variations, wet, damp, shade etc to get the best results. 

Dependant on season and weather, process time are variable subject to ground conditions sowing time etc. 

Costs… Medium, seems to be the most popular choice with comparisons taken into account.

Seeded earth… Very Successful 

Stripping back of all the over burden until there is a nice clean open texture to the soil below either by spraying, turf cutting or direct to freshly top soiled areas. Then adding a ready mixed earth blend and allowing for germination. Results are very good. 

Dependant on season and weather, process time are variable subject to ground conditions sowing time etc.

Costs… Medium to high, but sometimes it is worth it for certain applications.

Turf… Very Successful 

Stripping back of all the over burden until there is a nice clean open texture to the soil below either by spraying, turf cutting or direct to freshly top soiled areas. Then adding a ready grown turf and allowing for growth. Results are very good and you get a little head start in creating your meadow. Species of wildflower turf can be a bit limited due to market and production constraints, yet bespoke orders can be taken. 

Costs… High in comparison for larger areas, smaller areas where its required to be quite instant tends to balance out. 

Meadow in a Box DIY Kits… Very Successful 

I have a range of basic meadow wildflower kits that start at 12m2 and can go right up to pallet size for bigger self installation projects. Ideal for the home garden or schools and community projects. They work generally fine in all situations, come with some very simple instructions and you can find some how to videos too. 

Cost… Very low in comparison especially if you are doing the work. Meadow in a Box makes great gift ideas too and a brilliant way to help nature in smaller way.