A meadow of wild flowers provides a great environmental enhancement and resource while being an interesting way of introducing non-formal colour into your garden. Cotswold Estates and Gardens have established a number of wildflower meadows and undertake annual maintenance programmes to ensure desirable species flourish while controlling more rampant components that would otherwise ‘take-over’. A wildflower meadow can be created using wildflower seed or plug plants and in spaces from a window box upwards.
Cutting of the meadow is carefully timed to take place after flowering and seed ripening. Seeds dislodged by the mowing fall to sustain the meadow and its further development. Removal of the spent, mown herbage reduces the fertility of the soil, maintaining the right conditions for a successful wildflower meadow regime. Where strong growing grasses need to be controlled, the introduction of the grass weakening parasitic Yellow Rattle provides an effective natural control.
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