Meadowmat Wildflower Mat For Green Roofing And Roofmeadows
What Is Meadowmat Roof & Garden?
Imagine looking out of an upstairs window on to a colourful swathe of wildflowers swaying gently in the breeze. But it’s not in a neighbouring field – it’s on your garage roof.
Meadowmat Roof & Garden is an innovative landscaping product that makes it easy to establish plants on top of a sturdy flat roof. Ideal for new build projects where extra BREEAM credits are needed, Meadowmat Roof & Garden contains 23 species of wild flowers and grasses that are native to the UK. More importantly, each and every one of them is included in the RHS Perfect for Pollinators wildflower list – so you know that they’re going to be great at maintaining and enhancing biodiversity.
Plants are pregrown onto a matting system so that when you buy Meadowmat Roof & Garden you actually receive a carpet of living plants. No need to wait for seeds to grow or spending hours on your knees to plant plugplants. All you need to do is unroll your Meadowmat on to your green roof buildup.*
*We recommend that Meadowmat Roof & Garden is installed onto a green roof buildup comprising waterproofing, a drainage layer and at least 100mm of green roof substrate (NOT topsoil). It will also need an edging to stop everything from falling off the roof. A green roof buildup of this nature will weigh in excess of 250Kg per square metre. Please ensure your building is strong enough to support the weight. Irrigation should be available. Please consult a green roof specialist before installing this product. Meadowmat do not accept responsibility for product which fails to establish or survive due to incorrect installation.
Where To Use Meadowmat Roof & Garden
Meadowmat Roof & Garden can be used in the garden to create a beautiful and relaxing wildflower area or it can be used on a roof with a pitch between 1 and 3 degrees. It’s super for use on a bike store and makes a great educational resource in schools and colleges.
The effect is absolutely stunning but remember that green roofing needs careful planning and the right buildup of components. It’s also quite heavy. Please download and read our “Green Roof Design Guide” before starting work and take specialist advice if you are at all unsure of anything.
What Plants Are In Meadowmat Roof & Garden?
* Birdsfoot trefoil
* Bladder campion
* Cheddar pink
* Clustered bellflower
* Common daisy
* Common poppy
* Fox and cubs
* Lady’s bedstraw
* Maiden pink
* Meadow saxifrage
* Ragged robin
* Sea campion
* Sheep’s bit
* Thrift (sea pink)
* Viper’s bugloss
* Water avens
* Wild Thyme
* Yellow rattle
How To Care For Meadowmat Roof & Garden
As with all of our Meadowmat varieties, Meadowmat Roof & Garden is easy to care for once it has established.
In the first 2-4 weeks after installation, you should be checking your Meadowmat on a daily basis and watering it if necessary. It’s important that the plants have enough water to allow the roots to grow deep into their new growing medium.
On a roof, the combined effects of heat, wind and a relatively shallow growing medium, can dry plants out much quicker than on the ground so please be extra vigilant.
Once you are satisfied that your Meadowmat is well rooted and happily established you can leave it to do its own thing between the months of March and September. During hot weather, check for signs of stress on a weekly basis and irrigate the plants if necessary
What Are The Signs Of Stress In Wildflowers?
Wilting is an obvious sign of stress, the leaves and stems are floppy and sad and it’s clear that the plant is desperate for some tlc. Some plant species are more susceptible to wilting than others. Meadowmat for Roofmeadows contains robust native species that are well adapted to drier conditions. They tend to have small leaves and strong stems and so are less likely to wilt than many herbaceous plants. Nevertheless they are nowhere near drought-proof and unlike the sedum plants used to create Enviromat sedum matting, they will not survive significant periods of time without water. So stay vigilant!
At the end of summer, your wildflower roof will have flowered, set seed and be preparing itself for winter. It’s important that you go onto the roof at this stage and remove any weeds and unwanted vegetation, and make sure that drainage outlets are clear. If autumn leaves fall onto your roof, they must be removed or they will suffocate the plants that you want to keep.
Does A Wildflower Roof Need Trimming In Summer?
Meadowmat Roof & Garden contains fewer grasses than a ground-level wildflower meadow and so the annual “hay” cut associated with traditional management is more about neatness and managing the nutrient levels in the growing medium than it is about grass control and biodiversity.
You will need to cut down and remove spent vegetation from the roof at least once a year. We recommend that on a roof, Meadowmat Roof & Garden is trimmed in very early spring (March) so that insects can overwinter in the stems etc and seeds can drop back into the growing medium.
Where Meadowmat Roof & Garden is installed on the ground, you may prefer to trim it back in late autumn (October/November), once it has finished flowering, to encourage early growth next year.
Feeding your wildflower roof
Wildflowers do not normally appreciate fertiliser applications but when growing on a relatively shallow layer of green roof substrate they do respond well to an application of slow release fertiliser in early spring. For Meadowmat Roof & Garden growing on a living roof we recommend applying Enviromat Natural Green Roof Feed at 30g per square metre.
It makes sense to do the annual trim and the feeding at the same time – that way you don’t need to access the roof so often which leaves the wildlife undisturbed.
Meadowmat Roof & Garden is just one of a whole range of Meadowmats all grown on the same matting system but using different mixtures of plants. The growers of Meadowmat also grow drought tolerant sedum mats for use on green roofs
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