Establishing a Wildflower Meadow

I have wanted to establish a wildflower meadow on one of my sites for a long time. I have now found a site that I think will work well. It is a block of flats that has 2 large lawns right next to the buildings and then one smaller lawn, about 100 m² that is secluded and I suspect very rarely used. I asked the directors if I can attempt to turn this area into a wildflower meadow, and they agreed.

The lawn is full of moss and has no real value leaving it as a mown lawn

Method 1 – Just Wildflowers

There are a few ways that I could go about this. This most visually effective, and the way that you see on most of the council sites such as roundabouts, would be to kill off all the existing vegetation with glyphosate. Then turn over the soil and then sow a wildflower mix. The advantages of this method is that it will give a very striking display the same year that you start the work. The disadvantages are that the work will probably need to be repeated each year and the most colourful flowers that are usually used for this method are non-native and so not as good for our native wildlife.

Method 2 Wildflower and grass meadow

The method that I have chosen to use here is to try and add wild flowers to the existing lawn. I will cut it very short and scarify it to remove the moss and hopefully create some bare patches for the seeds to establish. Seeds will be scattered at the end of March and then not much else will be done until the autumn. Hopefully the seeds will compliment whatever will appear naturally and an attractive and wildlife rich wildflower meadow will establish. This method can take a few years to come to fruition as some of the plants will be biennials meaning that if sown now then they won’t flower until the following year.

I will post updates later in the year and then in the autumn when it will need some further work.