How To Lay Wildflower Turf
There are four simple steps to making a wildlife-friendly meadow area with wildflower matting
- Preparing the ground
- Ordering your Meadowmat
- Laying your wild flower turf
- Making sure the plants establish
Preparing The Ground For Wildflower Turf
Just like any other project in the home or garden, the success of a wildflower meadow depends largely on the preparation.
- First, dig out and remove any existing plants or weeds – including the roots
- Check the nutrient levels of your soil. Wildflowers thrive in impoverished soil.
- Dig or rotovate the soil to a depth of at least 15cm
- Rake the soil to a firm tilth
- Firm the soil with your feet and then rake it again to loosen up the top
- DO NOT add compost, fertiliser, plant food or soil improver of any kind. Wildflowers like low nutrient soil
How To Order Meadowmat
- First, measure the area and work out how much Meadowmat you will need. Use our handy online wildflower turf calculator to help with the maths.
- Do you need any low nutrient soil? This will add to the cost of the project but it’s a worthwhile investment if you want your wildflower meadow to be the best it can be. For the recommended depth of 15cm of low nutrient topsoil, simply multiply the area of wildflower meadow in metres by 0.15 and round it up to the nearest 0.8m3. Better still, use our soil calculator.
- Choose your favourite Meadowmat variety
- Order online from our secure website or telephone us to make arrangements. Our phone lines are open from 7:30am to 5pm on weekdays. Call us on 0333 456 4526
- Choose a delivery day so that your Meadowmat will arrive on the day that you want to lay it – it’s very perishable!
How To Lay Wildflower Turf
Your Meadowmat will be delivered in rolls stacked on a pallet. These must be unrolled as soon as possible after they arrive. We strongly advise all live products are laid on the day of delivery.
- Lift the Meadowmat rolls into position. Be careful, they can be heavy! This is a two person job.
- Unroll and gently press your Meadowmat down so that the roots have good contact with the soil beneath.
- Lay the next piece in the same way, butting it up close to its neighbour.
- Trim pieces to size using a sharp knife or a handsaw.
- Avoid stepping on newly laid Meadowmat Use turf laying boards to walk or kneel on.
- When all the Meadowmat rolls are in place, water them thoroughly. Making sure that the water has soaked right through to the soil beneath. You can lift a corner to check.
Establishing Wildflower Turf
Now that you have laid your wildflower turf, it’s important to look after it until the roots are well established.
- Water your wildflower turf every day for the first two weeks after it is laid.
- Ideally, watering should be done in the early morning or the late evening.
- After 2 weeks, check to see if your wildflower turf has rooted into your soil.
- Once the roots are growing strongly, gradually reduce the frequency of water until the plants are self-sufficient