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A Guide to Laying Wildflower Turf

In recent years, there has been a growing movement towards sustainable and eco-friendly landscaping practices.

One such practice gaining popularity is the use of wildflower turf. This innovative approach not only adds a burst of vibrant colours to your outdoor space but also provides numerous ecological benefits. In this guide, we’ll explore the process of laying wildflower turf, helping you create a beautiful, biodiverse haven right in your back garden.

Benefits of Wildflower Turf:

Wildflower turf is essentially a pre-grown mat of wildflowers, grasses, and other native plants. These turfs are carefully cultivated to mimic the diversity found in natural meadows, offering a more sustainable and low-maintenance alternative to traditional lawns.

  • Biodiversity Boost: Wildflower turfs attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, enhancing the biodiversity of your garden.
  • Low Maintenance: Compared to traditional lawns, wildflower turfs require less maintenance, saving you time and effort.
  • Aesthetically Pleasing: The vibrant colours and diverse textures of wildflowers create a visually stunning landscape that evolves with the seasons.

 

Choosing the Right Location:

Selecting the right location is crucial for the success of your wildflower turf. Most wildflowers thrive in sunny areas, so choose a spot that receives at least six hours of sunlight each day. Additionally, ensure the soil is well-drained to prevent waterlogging, as most wildflowers prefer slightly drier conditions.

Soil Preparation:

Before laying the wildflower turf, it’s essential to prepare the soil adequately. Start by removing any existing vegetation, weeds, or debris from the area. Loosen the soil to a depth of around 15-20cm to create a suitable environment for the wildflower roots.

The Best Time to Lay:

The ideal time to lay wildflower turf is during the autumn or spring seasons. This timing allows the turf to establish itself before the harsh summer or winter conditions set in. The cooler temperatures and higher moisture levels during these seasons promote better root development.

Laying the Wildflower Turf:

  • Measure and Prepare: Measure the area you want to cover with the wildflower turf and order the appropriate amount. Before laying the turf, water the soil to ensure it’s moist but not waterlogged.
  • Unroll the Turf: Gently unroll the wildflower turf over the prepared soil, ensuring that the edges of each turf piece are in close contact with each other. Stagger the seams to create a seamless and natural appearance.
  • Pressing and Watering: Walk over the laid turf to ensure good soil contact. Water the turf thoroughly to help it settle into the soil and initiate the rooting process.

 

Aftercare:

Caring for your wildflower turf is relatively simple.

  • Watering: Keep the turf consistently moist during the first few weeks to encourage establishment.
  • Avoid Mowing: Refrain from mowing the wildflower turf during its first season. Allow the plants to grow and set seed, promoting a self-sustaining ecosystem.
  • Yearly Maintenance: In subsequent years, a light trim in late summer or early autumn can help maintain the wildflower meadow’s appearance without compromising its biodiversity.

 

Laying wildflower turf is a rewarding and environmentally friendly way to transform your outdoor space. By following these steps and embracing the beauty of native flora, you can create a haven for wildlife and a visually captivating landscape right at home.

Eco are proud stockists of Harrowden Wildflower turf with 3 different variations to chose from, including Traditional Landscape Wildflower Turf, Birds and Bees Wildflower Turf and Cottage Garden Wildflower Turf. Contact our sales team on 01202 593601 if you have any questions, or to place your turf order.

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