Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions section where some of the common questions asked are answered. Please feel free to refer back to this section whenever you need or submit a new question in the simple form below.

Optimal soil depth for installing Wildflower Turf?

Minimum depth needs to be 100mm but the deeper you go the better the growing medium will be at retaining moisture and the less reliance there will be on irrigation. This applies to landscape applications as well as green roof applications.

What do native wildflowers look like through the growing season (April to September)?

Once logged into the site, if you search under filter Resource Type and choose Instructional Guide and scroll down, you will find a Pictorial Life cycle of a typical UK native perennial mix of our Wildflower Turf Landscape 34 product to give you an idea. UK native wildflowers typically flower from May to August depending on the weather and local site conditions.

Wildflowers only thrive on low fertility soil don’t they? Do I need to strip and/or import soil to install wildflowers?

Wildflowers only thrive in low fertility areas due to the lack of competition from more vigorous grasses and weeds. There is no need to strip soil unless it has next to no organic matter/content i.e. simply rubble, or is contaminated. Wildflowers can be installed on ‘true’ sub soil (found just beneath the topsoil layer) but the ideal scenario would be to lay a thin layer 50-100mm of decent free draining top soil with a healthy organic matter content, to give them a good starting point to colonise the area effectively and create good healthy plant growth and initial establishment. If the soil is reasonable on site then do not remove and replace with imported soil, this is an unnecessary expense.

What if I have some localised or rare species I need to re-introduce to an area, can I get a Wildflower Turf grown to bespoke specifications?

Yes if you have an area of 400m² or more, and we can get hold of enough viable seed to grow the quantities required.

However you need to be very mindful of the timings of the project to ensure the turf is grown to an acceptable level of maturity in time. Our bed laying season is April to August (weather dependent) – we do not lay any new beds outside of this time due to inclement weather and the high risk of seed not germinating and beds getting washed before they have a chance to establish. If you want turf for a Spring installation then the turf will need to be laid before the end of the previous Summer, and if you need turf for later in the year i.e. Summer to Autumn then we could lay those beds from April onwards that same year. Typically beds need on average 10-12 weeks to get to a liftable state but this is entirely weather dependent.

Will shady areas affect the growth of wildflowers?

Wildflowers don’t necessarily require direct sunlight to thrive but they do need a reasonable amount of light; heavily wooded areas giving continual shade through the summer will not suit them. If the area receives only very limited light through the day then you may need to consider remedial work in the form of crown or canopy lifting and think of the mix of wildflowers that are best suited to these conditions. There are plenty of shade tolerant wildflowers and it is possible to grow successful meadows in areas of shade beneath trees, provided certain conditions are met. Shade from walls or buildings is less of a problem as the area is likely to get ambient light through the year and will still benefit from the longer summer days. In a wood, a dense leaf canopy prevents this and has a detrimental effect. In addition leaf drop plays a major part in slowing or stopping wildflower growth as the leaf litter is just another form of unwanted competition.

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