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Native Origin Irish Wildflower
Range: Meadow Mixtures (Code
MM05 Peat-lands or Soil with a high peat content
Product Code: MM05
MM05 offers a choice of cold hardy,
colourful species otherwise unavailable anywhere else.
Best in full
sun, this mixture is for acid, neutral or alkaline peat soil,
lowland or upland.
Sow MM05 onto limestone marl, gley, clay or subsoil
mixed up with the surface peat.
sites for this flora can be found across much of Central,
Coastal and Upland
Ireland where the either Deep or Shallow Blanket peat is found.
After a house is constructed, these peaty soils are often mixed with the
clay or subsoil. it's such sites that this mix is
mixture MM05 will give all our customers in the midlands,
west and uplands living
with a peaty soil the chance to grow a really interesting wild flora.
mixture is will grow in soils derived from
Blanket Bog or Raised Bog,
but not on an actual blanket or raised
bog purely made of peat and usually wet.
a bespoke peatlands mixture is required and is mainly supplied
conservation projects by Bord na Mona, Coillte or to wind farms.
If you require the actual flora of a
blanket bog contact us directly for a bespoke seed mixture.
Bell Heather, Greater and Birdsfoot Trefoil, Bog Asphodel, Bog Cotton, Devil's
Bit Scabious, Eyebright, Fleabane*, Foxglove, Hoary Plantain, Lesser Knapweed, Marsh Bedstraw, Marsh Cinquefoil,
Marsh ragwort, Meadow Buttercup, Meadow Rue, Meadowsweet, Ox-eye Daisy. Pokeweed, Purple Loosestrife, Ragged Robin, Red
Bartsia, Red Campion, Red Clover, Red Rattle*, Ribwort Plantain, Rough
Hawksbit, Sorrell, Water Avens, Woundwort, Wild Angelica, Wild Carrot,
Wild Valarien, Yarrow, Yellow Flag Iris, Yellow Rattle,
be added as a nurse crop
is a general mixture suitable for where the bog is disturbed,
the land/soil is made mainly from peat, its ideal for
where a house and
sewage treatment is built close to peaty soil and
which has been disturbed
and is now mixed throughout.
With modern earth moving machines, house builders can infill and
site, scoops of deep peat are dredged to the surface,
either way the resulting soil will
tend towards deep acidic
peat and will accommodate and offer a home for species
don't normally tolerate the surrounding natural pure peat saturated
site will have a high water table or be saturated,
a such a site will require specialist 'Bio filters'
for sewage treatment.
We supply this flora to compliment 'reed infiltration beds'
and to reclaim the sometimes unsightly earthworks of
'Bioflow' treatment systems .
Fields created in areas of blanket bog often have a slightly
to the boggy countryside in which they inhabit.
Indeed such a site, can be a field,
inherited from the distant past or created in
a day with an earth moving machine,
either way the resulting soil will
tend towards shallow, wet and acidic and
will accommodate species who
don't normally tolerate the surrounding natural ecosystem.
site will be underlain with water impervious rock such as old red
sandstone or granite.
The site may be saturated or well drained but non the less wet,
sheltered or exposed and in many cases can be fertile,
as seaweed or manure may
have been added to the soil over the years.
Whatever the case MM05 provides
species which will tolerate these conditions and form a beautiful
low maintenance ecology.
MM05 contains annuals which would not normally be found in such sites, but will add
first year interest and are intended as a nurse crop in situations that
are often hostile to small perennial seedlings, so we add the annuals so
you get something in the first year. they also act a a marker for the
Forestry is displacing Irelands peat land wild plant community, so if you
grow MM05 you will be helping the conservation of nature and another
generation of plants.
Origin: Native Irish Origin, Wildflower Seed Mixture.
Suitable for soil type: All types of soil mixed with deep peat,
or pure peat.
Moisture Level: Normal, Moist or Wet
pH range: Best between <4.5 - 6.5
Life Cycle: Annual / Biennial /
Height Range: <30cm - > 150cm occasionally higher
Flowering Period: May to late August.
Fertility Range: Will
grow on any soil, the less fertile the soil, the
less cutting will be required.
Total number of seeds per gram: 1850
Create firm, fine tilt on seed bed.
Optimum Sowing Time: Spring, early
autumn, when the soil is warm.
Normal, roll or rake into surface to
keep out of reach from birds.
Sowing Method: By hand is recommended, if
using seed spreaders be careful to insure the small varieties of seed do
not drop to the bottom of the seed spreader and get sown all in the one
place. Can be Hydrasown.
Seed Sowing Rates:
sowing rate 'without added grass seed':1.5 grams per metre.
High sowing rate 'without added grass seed': Add 3 grams per metre.
seed or nurse crop requirement:
Crop: No nurse crop is required.
Grass Seed Requirement: n/a, use Bent and
Fescue species, Do not use species of Perennial Rye grass
Sow with or without grasses: Either / with grasses /
Sowing rate with grasses: 2 to 7 grams per
metre depending on the percentage of grass.
If sown without
Will not require a nurse crop.
Life Cycle: Annual / Biennial /
Height Range: <60cm to >180cm
Flowering Period: May to August.
Fertility Range: Will
grow in any soil
MM05 will require an open sward, to allow some species to flourish, if sedges can be encouraged instead of grasses all the better. The presents of heather requires careful cutting in the early years to allow for its establishment. Once established the heather species can be keep low to 12 cm with a general annual cut.
Moss will form on the soil surface which may need occasional raking every few years. DBN does not recommend chemically treating the moss to get ride of it.
Peaty soil are difficult if
saturated. Seek advice if sowing onto flooded peat
In normal conditions (mainly in early Autumn and Spring) this mix should
germinate slowly, but you should see seedlings from 4 - 6 weeks after sowing, from then on, provided the
grass or pure wildflower sward is
kept open and a 'Thatch'
is not allowed develop and smoother the seedlings which will germinate
for up to 3 years from the original sowing.
species will continue to germinate and emerge,
through to the third year.
annuals supplied in this mixture ' may' grow and flower, it depends on what
type of peat you have, for the annuals to be successful.
This mixture requires one cut when finished
flowering in year one..
Second Year: In the second year the biennials
will also be very colourful.
If this mixture was not cut in first year, cut
and remove foliage in early Spring.
Cut again in July, August or September,
depending on when flower finish or the level of weeds that emerge.
In the third year this meadow mixture will seem
to have less flora than the first and second year. Why?
The perennial species are still young, many will only have
germinated in the second season, so flowers will be sparse. However,
there should be identifiable foliage and some flowers. If not contact
If the native grass seeds present in your soil grow vigorously, the meadow will require two
or three cuts, the first cut in Spring (April/May) and the second cut in July or August, the meadow can again be
cut in September if the grasses are still growing strong.
should this meadow be established and require one cut?
In the fourth year, when the perennials in the mixture should be flowering on
many stems and starting to clump and spread, again if the grass is still
vigorous cut in spring and in August of the fourth year. However if the
perennials are growing strong there will be no need to cut until July,
August or September depending on the fertility and wetness of the soil
and the species which have grown.
wildflower meadow should last many years, provided the wildflower species
established, weeds were controlled and the meadow was cut and the cut
material removed and occasional 'Gaps'
are created. If not contact DBN.
Persistence if unmanaged: Low
Tolerance of Cutting: Moderate.
General Cutting Time: Mid to end of Summer.
Specific Cutting Time: Wait 3 weeks until after the last flush
of flowers fade away, after seeds set.
of cut materials: Always remove the
cuttings, wildflower meadow hay should be removed as soon as possible
and not be heaped on site as it will grow mouldy (a health risk).
Meadow cuttings can be spread as compost in sheet mulches around trees
and shrubs or composted.
Management: Control grasses and weeds until
well established. Accept any normal non-invasive weeds as they provide cover,
once the sward is established, digging, spot spraying or weed wiping can
be used to eliminate problem species.
Control weeds, especially Creeping
Buttercup, if Creeping Buttercup is present cut this meadow in May in
Most species in this mixture
are 'Browse' resistant by wild animals.
recommends that this mixture is not for human or animal consumption.
General Description of Meadow Range:
Meadow Mixtures are
designed to grow on soil in specific situations.
This range of seed mixture is ideal for those concerned with species suitability,
composition and performance to be attractive, encourage wildlife and local biodiversity.
If these mixtures are suitable for your situation, they offer good value
given time, develop into a flora that will persist if properly maintained.
Contributes to DBN's work of creating crops
of Conservation Grade - Native Origin Wildflora. You help us to inform
and pay land-owners to manage native species and to assist DBN in
handing on our heritage for another generation.
By growing (some will be difficult) these and all other species, you
directly help to conserve national and global Biodiversity and protect
wildlife. You should also consider yourself another Irish wildflower