Steps Involved in Creating a Traditional Wildflower Meadow
A field habitat with grass and wildflowers that supports flora and fauna is known as a wildflower meadow. A wildflower meadow is relevant in bringing into your garden a breath of countryside. Creating a wildflower meadow at your home will conserve flowers and animal species that cannot be supported in other habitats. You can create different types of wildflower meadows including the traditional wildflower meadow. The traditional wildflower meadow is made up of perennial flowers. There are several steps you should follow when creating a traditional wildflower meadow.
To create a traditional wildflower meadow, you start with seed selection. There are a variety of seeds in the market that are already mixed, and there are those you can buy and mix them yourself. At the point of flowering, you can as well find plugs and young plants from specialist nurseries. Planting of long growing grasses will make them out compete with the wildflowers.
Timothy grass and sweet vernal grass are some of those that can be included in the wildflower meadow. You can plant perennial flowers like cowslip, daisy, hawkweeds, burnet, and vetch on a spring meadow. On summer meadow, you can plant perennial flowers like buttercup, yarrow rattle, and knapweed.
In the creation of a traditional wildflower meadow, reducing soil fertility is also relevant. Some grasses thrive in soils that are fertile and to ensure that they don’t compete with the sunflower, you should curb them by reducing soil fertility. If you are creating a meadow from scratch, the process of soil fertility reduction is more effective but requires more labor. For the conversion of an existing lawn into a wildflower meadow, the process is less effective and minimum labor is required. You should ensure that you have already reduced the fertility of the soil for readiness to sow by spring and autumn.
After reducing soil fertility, the next step is to prepare the ground. The removal of any existing turf plants and removal of topsoil is what entails ground preparation. By leaving the ground fallow, you will allow any perennial plant to grow. Any dominating plant such as the creeping thistle should then be rooted out. Tilting the soil and watering it well is the other step that follows after complete elimination of weeds. Firming the soil by rolling it is important more so if you removed the weeds through digging.
The next step after the ground is ready is seed sowing. In an even manner, you should broadcast your seed mix. You should then rake the seeds and water them well. To maintain the seeds sowed, you should water them regularly. Cutting the meadow every 6-8 weeks is then important.