Irish Wildflower Conservation Grade Seed Mixture:
Wild Flower Mixtures (Code WF)
Cut Floral Lawn
purchasing this seed mix, print or save this page and keep it as your
reference as the species and advice change occasionally
Lawns are becoming increasingly popular for lazy gardeners and wildlife
enthusiasts. They are continuously flowering and are very tidy 'as
wildflower meadows go'.
ancient pastures of closely grazed grass often found by the seaside, or
where rabbits graze, In keeping the native flora short and dense with
little flowers scattered throughout short cut grass, you can recreate
ancient pasture under your feet..
preparation: Site preparation should aim for a totally weed free
start, if the soil contains weeds a 'hort' or paper layer covered with
10cm of enriched coarse sand will do to smother normal weeds.
can also be incorporated into some areas of the soil to increase drainage,
in other areas, dampness can be encouraged for other species. Lime may be
added, please check with DBN.
gardeners aim is to create well drained conditions as per a normal lawn.
and it must be weed free.
can sow other low maintenance species such as Dwarf Bulbs and low growing
perennials which are are ideal for introducing into WF07 short cut lawn,
as well as our plants from our wider range.
sown, after the first years growth and flowers, keep the meadow cut every
4 to 6 to 8 weeks depending on how fertile your soil.
In the first year, do not cut until August or September or later to
allow the annuals to finish flowering, then 'strim' away the taller annual
growth. In year two, cut to maintain as a lawn.
year 3 use a mower, to keep the meadow short, the aim is to allow three
main flowering periods from May to early June, from late June and July and
again in Autumn. Between each flowering phase the lawn needs to be
lawns will then on require cutting every 4 to 6 weeks when growth reaches
10cm or just before a flush of flower is finished. You should remove the
Set the mower to the highest setting, cut and then re-cut with the mower
setting down to about 5cm.
The aim is to keep the flora short and by regular cutting to encourage it
using Mulching Mowers rake the soil very well at the end of the season to
remove all the dead debris.
Floral lawns should occasionally be allowed to flower every three years
with the aim of allowing the species to set fresh seed. This will require
leaving a 6 to 8 week gap, with no cutting in late May to July for spring
species and sometimes in July to August for later flowering species
Vigorous grasses should be spot weeded. White clover (if supplied in
the mixture) while welcome in very large lawn areas if regularly mown,
should really be controlled in small areas.
When ordering a floral lawn we can supply common bent grass and other fine
grass species according to your soil type.
Origin: Native Irish Origin, Wildflower Seed Mixture.
pH range: Suits all soils.
Life Cycle: Contains Annuals, Biennials and Perennials.
Height Range: 10cm - 80cm
Flowering Period: May to 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: 1280
photograph is one day in the life of an ever changing meadow.
Birdsfoot Trefoil, Black Meddick, Burnet Saxifrage, Century, Wild
Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Corn Poppy, Cornflower, Cowslip, Eyebright,
Meadow Buttercup, Hoary Plantain, Kidney Vetch, Lady's Bedstraw, Ox-eye
Daisy, Red Clover, Ribwort Plantain, Rough Hawksbit, Selfheal, Smooth
Carrot, Yarrow, Quaking Grass, Lady's Smock, White Bedstraw, and more
depending on species available
Normal sowing rates: 1 to 1.5 grams per metre.
seed or nurse crop requirement:
Crop: A nurse crop is not required