I already have some wild flowers within my meadow but I wish to add more species to it, can I just scatter some of your seed onto it?

Dec
15

I already have some wild flowers within my meadow but I wish to add more species to it, can I just scatter some of your seed onto it?

It depends upon how fertile your soil is and consequently how quickly your grasses grow back following the hay cut. Bear in mind that wild flower seeds require warmth and light to germinate. If the grass has grown back tall to shade them before they can germinate, little will happen. Most of our native perennial wild flowers do not germinate until late June, unlike our native annuals which germinate¬†from April. I would advise that you add more Yellow Rattle seed to the wild flower seed mixture (available from my ‘Yellow Rattle seed’ page, to view this click here). This annual species is semi-parasitic on grass and will weaken its growth and open up the sward reducing the amount of grass present and consequently letting in more light during the summer to help other wild flower species to establish. You should carry out this seeding following the hay cut.