WFG5 Calcareous Soils

A mixture containing flower and grass species that favour calcareous (lime rich) soils.

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The perfect mixture for creating meadow habitats on calcareous soils, providing floral interest from April - September. Calcareous soils are free draining and prone to drought conditions, so for this reason avoid sowing in dry weather. Lime rich soils support a relatively slow growing vegetation making WFG5 easy to maintain once established and creates a great habitat for invertebrates, which in turn provides food for birds and mammals. If possible when cutting in late summer an area of up to one third should be left uncut until the following spring for overwintering invertebrates. This area should be alternated each year. 

An 80:20 mix of grasses & annual and perennial flowers including Wild Carrot, Yarrow and Agrimony.

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Product Name WFG5 (Calcareous Soils)
Mixture Breakdown 0.5% Wild Basil (Clinopodium vulgare)
1.0% Lady's Bedstraw (Galium verum)
1.7% Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)
1.6% Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
1.0% Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)
1.0% Lance-Leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
1.3% Black Medick (Medicago lupulina)
2.5% Sainfoin (Onobrychis vicifolia)
0.4% Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatorium)
1.8% Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
1.0% Betony (Stachys betonica)
1.0% Wild Parsnip (Pastincaca sativa)
0.5% Weld (Reseda luteola)
2.0% Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
0.2% Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
0.5% Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris)
0.2% Burnett Saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga)
1.0% Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
0.8% Corn Chamomile (Anthemis arvensis)
25.0% Slender Creeping Red Fescue (Festuca rubra litoralis)
22.5% Strong Creeping Red Fescue (Festuca rubra rubra)
20.0% Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea)
5.0% Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass (Poa pratensis)
5.0% Chewings Fescue (Festuca rubra commutata)
2.5% Creeping Bent (Agrostis stolonifera)

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Usage Guide

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Sowing Rate 5 g/m2
Sowing Time March - October
Sowing Depth 10 mm
Sowing Instructions Create a fine friable seedbed down to 150 mm in depth. Carry out two equal sowings at right angles to each other and diagonally to main axis. Broadcast manually or use seed drill, rake level and roll. Ensure good seed to soil contact.
Maintenance
 

First cut mid-September - 1st October and collect the arisings.

Cutting Height 70 -100 mm.

 

Cut from mid-August to early October. This can be done as one cut but preferable, and if the meadow is big enough, you will cut it in sections leaving a week to a fortnight between cuts. Ensure you collect the arisings. If the meadow is large enough, consider allowing up to a fifth to stand uncut through the winter and cut down and remove the clippings in March the following year, this will provide a habitat for invertebrates and some vertebrates over the winter. Rotate this area so a different section is left uncut each year. This more closely replicates the grazing of animals which would leave some small areas not grazed.

If possible, and with the obvious exception of areas you are leaving uncut, lightly mow the sward down to 70 -100 mm as required throughout the winter months until March and collect the clippings.

For greater detail on all aspects of Wildflower meadow management please refer to our guide to wildflower meadow management.

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