Shade, Hedgerow & Woodland Wildflower Mix

SKU: 190334

Mixture: 80/20 mix
Weight: 1kg
Price:
Sale price£50.10 ex. VAT
£60.12 inc. VAT

Description

The shade, hedgerow & woodland wildflower mix contains species that are shade tolerant and are typically found growing in dappled woodland shade or along woodland edges and hedgerows. The mix can be used to add floristic interest to areas which receive a restricted amount of light.

Product Summary

Type of Mix Main Flowering Period Sowing Rate Bag Weight Bag Coverage
20% wildflower & 80% grass June - September 5 g/m2 0.25 kg 50 m2
1 kg 200 m2
100% wildflower June - September 2 g/m2 0.25 kg 125 m2


Mixture

Wildflowers

Scientific Name Common Name 80/20 mix 100% mix
Achillea millefolium Yarrow 1.2% 6.0%
Agrimonia eupatoria Agrimony 2.0% 10.0%
Alliaria petiolata Hedge garlic 0.8% 4.0%
Arum maculatum Lords-and-ladies 0.1% 0.5%
Campanula trachelium Nettle-leaved bellflower 0.6% 3.0%
Centaurea nigra Common knapweed 2.0% 10.0%
Digitalis purpurea Foxglove 1.6% 8.0%
Galium album Hedge bedstraw 0.8% 4.0%
Geranium pyrenaicum Hedgerow crane's bill 0.2% 1.0%
Geum urbanum Wood Avens 1.4% 7.0%
Hypericum hirsutum Hairy St John's wort 0.8% 4.0%
Knautia arvensis Field scabious 1.6% 8.0%
Prunella vulgaris Selfheal 1.6% 8.0%
Silene dioica Red campion 1.6% 8.0%
Stachys sylvatica Hedge woundwort 1.0% 5.0%
Teucrium scorodonia Wood sage 1.2% 6.0%
Torilis japonica Upright hedge parsley 0.6% 3.0%
Verbascum thapsus Greater mullein 0.1% 0.5%
Vicia sepium Bush vetch 0.4% 2.0%
Vicia sylvatica Wood vetch 0.4% 2.0%

Grasses

Scientific Name Common Name 80/20 mix
Agrostis capillaris Common bent 8.0%
Anthoxanthum odoratum Sweet vernal grass 1.6%
Brachypodium sylvaticum Wood false brome 0.8%
Cynosaurus cristatus Crested dogstail 24.0%
Deschampsia cespitosa Tufted-hair grass 3.2%
Festuca rubra ssp commutata Chewings fescue 20.0%
Festuca rubra ssp litoralis Slender creeping red fescue 12.0%
Poa nemoralis Wood meadow grass 6.4%
Poa trivialis Rough meadow grass 4.0%

Application Recommendations

Where to use

The shade, hedgerow & woodland wildflower mix can be sown in locations where light levels are restricted but which are not in complete darkness.

Soil pH Soil Types Soil Fertility Topography Soil moisture
5.5-7.5 Any Low nutrient Lowland Well drained

When to use

In general, the best time for sowing perennial wildflower seeds is late summer/autumn (late August-October) when there is likely to be consistent moisture and warmth without extremes of cold or dry. Spring (late March-May) is usually considered the next best time to sow perennial wildflower seed, particularly if the ground is likely to be waterlogged over the winter.

Application Window
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

How to use

Prepare the ground
New Seed Bed Overseeding
Remove unwanted vegetation

Cultivate the soil to a depth of 150 mm removing the stones and debris

Level, then firm the seedbed

Rake the surface to product a fine tilth
Cut the grass short as possible and remove the clippings

Remove excess thatch to allow the seed to reach the soil surface

If compacted, aerate the soil
Provide water
If there has been little rainfall irrigate gently and slowly to fully wet through the soil profile
Sow seed
Sow seeds evenly using the correct sowing rate for the seed mix

Because sowing rates for wildflower seed are low, it is usually helpful to mix the seed with a carrier material such as slightly damp sand

Press the seeds into the soil using a roller or the back of a rake to ensure good seed to soil contact
Provide water
Keep the soil surface moist but not wet until the seeds have germinated AND established

Irrigate slowly and gently to avoid disturbing the seeds

Management & aftercare

In areas where there is a reasonable amount of light, such as woodland glades and rides, it is likely that the grasses will have good growth and the area can be managed as a meadow following the guidelines below for either livestock grazing or mowing.

In areas where there is a greater amount of shade and vegetation is not dense mowing can be undertaken less frequently on an as required basis to prevent a build of decaying vegetation.

Livestock grazing

Grazing with livestock is an effective method of managing wildflower meadows and grasslands because it creates uneven growth and distribution of species which leads to habitat niches. Grazing is also a good option in areas where it is difficult to utilise machinery, perhaps because it is too wet or because the ground is too rough.

Suggested grazing regime
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Graze if ground conditions allow Remove livestock to allow the plants to flower Graze with between 0.4-1 LU/ha

Mowing

Mowing and removing the clippings can be used to replicate the process of hay cutting and grazing. It is important to remove clippings to avoid nutrients being returned to the soil. Soils for wildflowers are usually low in nutrients to encourage species diversity.

Suggested mowing regime
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Leave uncut unless growth is vigorous Cut and collect clippings Allow to flower and seed Cut and collect clippings Leave uncut unless growth is vigorous

For further information regarding the Shade, hedgerow & woodland wildflower mix or to discuss placing a bulk order, please contact our technical sales team on 01952 897917.


Find more information in our guide How To Create and Maintain Wildflower and Ornamental Flowering Meadows

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