Can I create a wildflower meadow on an existing lawn?
This can be a bit tricky, so first try leaving the area uncut for a year and see if anything grows up. If no wildflower species grow, then you can sow some seed.
- Cut the grass back as low as you can and rake the ground to break up the soil and bring bare patches to the surface.
- Mix your seed mix with coarse sand, then scatter over the area and sprinkle some soil over the top.
- Water the seeds in and keep watering if there is a dry spell.
- The areas where two habitats meet are often the most valuable for wildlife. Try letting your meadow grow up against a hedgerow or next to a pond.
Although a wildflower meadows is a great addition to a wildlife garden, it is not always suitable or feasible. You could choose to grow some wildflowers in a pot or hanging basket instead. And you don’t have to be limited to wildflowers - hedgerows, fruit trees, shrubs and vegetable patches all benefit wildlife too.