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How to Choose Wildflower Turf

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There are so many different types of turf, including varieties of Meadowmat Wildflower Turf, available to landscapers and gardeners. But which one is right for you? In this article we help you with how to choose wildflower turf for your project and explore the many benefits of having wildflowers as part of your grass turf.

At Turfonline, we are delighted that you have chosen to use Meadowmat Wildflower Turf in your landscaping project. Wildflowers not only look wonderful, but have been proven to improve soil health, prevent erosion, improve water quality and are excellent for wildlife. So now you’ve decided on wildflowers, how to choose turf depending on the 5 different types of wildflower turf we have available to you?

  • Assess the site for light and shade
  • Think about the colours and plant species you like
  • Choose between a long flowering period of a short burst of intense colour
  • Decide which time of year you’d prefer to carry out maintenance
  • Compare prices

Assess Light and Shade – Which Plants Will Flourish?

Part of the reason that some of our wildflower species are rarely seen is that they are fussy about where they live. Out of the different types of turf, the Hayfield varieties like to be in full sun on a low nutrient soil. That’s what makes wildflowers perfect for growing on a living roof!

Some wildflower grass turf prefers a damp soil, some prefer dappled shade and others are not too fussy. So, when researching how to choose the right turf, always ensure that you assess what your garden is like first.

Another different type of Meadowmat turf is Woodland Shade mix which loves to be beside hedges, under trees or under shrubs where it has protection from hot sun, but still gets plenty of light.

All other varieties like as much sunshine as possible.

Choose Your Favourite Wildflower Colours Species

Our native wildflowers come in a vast array of shades and hues. Each different type of Meadowmat turf is like an ever-changing patchwork quilt of colour. So, when deciding how to choose your turf, consider what your favourite wildflower colours and species are.

Consider these questions when choosing your grass turf. Do you have a particular plant you want to see more of in your garden? Are there any wildflowers you really don’t like?

mixed wildflowers and butterfly
Scabious is one of my favourite wildflowers. This butterfly seems to agree!

Check the wildflower meadow seed mixes within the product descriptions carefully but remember; wildflower seeds are sown randomly so that every square metre of Meadowmat is slightly different. We supply a variety of different types of turf so not all species appear in every roll and some plants, such as primroses and cowslips are slow to germinate. You may not see them at all in the first couple of years.

A Long Flowering Period Or A Short Burst Of Colour

Each different type of grass turf variety has been devised to delight at different times of year.  The grass turf that flowers for longer is slightly less “showy” than the grass turf with a shorter but more spectacular burst of colour. So, when considering how to choose the right turf, think about whether you would rather have a long flowering period or a short burst of colour.

Bees and butterflies appreciate the longer flowering times because they have a constant supply of food.

When You Should Cut Your Wildflower Turf

Most Meadowmat varieties benefit from being cut back at the end of summer once the plants have set seed, but all the different types of turf means it can vary. Meadowmat grass turf for Birds and Bees is designed for a February cut so that the birds can enjoy those nutritious seed-heads during the winter.

Compare Wildflower Prices To Your Budget

Prices of grass turf vary according to the proportion of grasses in the seed-mix and the availability of seed. We aim to only use wildflower seeds from the UK. If a species seed is in short supply (e.g. because the plants are less common), the price can be affected.

Quick Meadowmat Comparison Chart

No of plant
% grass seed by weight Flowering period Approx height at maturity Price per square metre*
Traditional Meadowmat 34 30 May-July 80-150cm From £15.60 inc VAT
Meadowmat for Birds and Bees 43 10 April – October 80 – 200cm From £18.00 inc VAT
Cottage Garden Meadowmat 28 5 April – October 90 -120cm From £18.00 inc VAT
Woodland Shade Meadowmat 38 5 April – September 80-100cm From £18.00 inc VAT
Roof Meadow 23 5 April – September 30 – 90cm From £18.00 inc VAT

*Prices correct at February 2019 but are subject to change.

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