For gardeners who want a low maintenance lawn that is 100% real, we’ve developed Species Rich Meadowmat. A wildlife friendly, user friendly lawn that only needs occasional mowing. Read on to find out more
These days there can’t be many gardeners who are not aware of the pro’s and con’s of artificial turf. The promise of low maintenance lawn is incredibly tempting but needs to be weighed up with the environmental cost.
What is Species Rich Meadowmat?
Imagine yourself on a lovely sunny day, laying on a cool lawn surrounded by flowers and lulled into relaxation by the gentle humming of bees.
Species Rich Meadowmat is one way to create such a lawn for yourself. It’s a blend of 12 different species of slow growing grasses with a whopping 23 types of pollinator-friendly perennial plants that are native to the UK.
Install Species Rich Meadowmat as though you were laying lawn turf. The rolls are slightly larger but the technique is just the same. There’s no need to add pre-turfing fertiliser to the soil and you don’t have to worry about nutrient levels. The wildflowers in Species Rich Meadowmat grow in most soil types. It is important to keep your Meadowmat well-watered until it is established though.
A Compromise between real and artificial lawns
Modern artificial grass looks great but at the end of the day, it’s plastic. The manufacturers claim that it can be recycled yet there’s a whisper that recycling centres are not quite geared up for it yet. And then there’s the carbon footprint. Natural plants absorb CO2 from the air, they help to support a complex ecosystem in the soil and of course they are a source of food for some mammals. To say nothing of the shelter that a real lawn provides for many insects.
Species Rich Meadowmat is a good compromise between artificial grass and high maintenance lawns.
Here are just some of the benefits of species rich turf
- Absorbs CO2 from the air and releases oxygen
- Soaks up rainwater and allows it to filter naturally into the soil
- Only needs mowing occasionally (every 14 days or so in the growing season)
- A source of food for pollinators
- Interesting tapestry effect from a mix of grasses and low growing native perennial plants
- Stays greener for longer in summer
- Frost hardy
- Suits a low maintenance regime
What plants are in Species Rich Meadowmat?
We’ve grown Species Rich Meadowmat from seed in our outdoor production fields in Norfolk. Here’s the seedmix we’ve sown. All but one of the plant species are perennial – in other words they keep on growing year after year after year.
Slow growing grasses (80% of seedmix)
- Slender Creeping Red Fescue
- Hard Fescue
- Sheeps Fescue
- Small Leaved Timothy
- Crested Dogs Tail
- Brown Top Bent
- Chewings Fescue
- Creeping Bent
- Strong Creeping Red Fescue
- Smooth Meadow Grass
- Rough Stalked Meadow Grass
- Perennial Ryegrass
Native wildflowers (20% of seedmix)
- Common Knapweed
- Meadow Buttercup
- Rough Hawkbit
- Cat’s Ear
- Common mouse-ear
- Birdsfoot Trefoil
- Black Medick
- Ribwort Plantain
- Common Sorrel
- Lady’s Bedstraw
- White Clover
- Creeping Buttercup
- Autumn Hawkbit
- Yellow Rattle
- Small Scabious
- Wood Sage
- Wild Carrot
- Red Clover
- Common Dandelion
Like any wildflower seeds, germination and establishment is slower in some species than others. So whilst we’re confident that all of the seeds are present, some of the species may not appear in the first year. We think that makes Species Rich Meadowmat all the more exciting – you never know what might pop up next!
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