How to create a wild flower meadow
It’s best to work with existing grassland, which for all you know might already be teeming with native wild flower seed just waiting for the opportunity to blossom and thrive.
Wild flowers prefer less fertile soil, so the first recommended step to encouraging them is to stop applying any fertiliser or silage to your chosen field or space. You can still use it for grazing during this time, but do bear in mind that you won’t get a wild flower meadow straight away. Yellow rattle can help speed up the process of transformation very successfully as it works to reduce the strength of the grasses, thereby gradually enabling other more delicate plants to move in and thrive.
You can also add wild flower seed of your choosing or wait to see what pops up naturally over time. If you then fancy adding some other varieties to the mix, then so be it. Plug plants are best used when the meadow has been established a few years and you’re into the swing of things.
You can use it then as a hay field or for healthy livestock grazing (or both) as they do at the Botanic Gardens of Wales’ Waun Las with their herd of Welsh Black cattle.
The key is to make sure you are affording the flowers the opportunity to grow and set seed for the following years. A wild flower meadow won’t happen overnight, but if you’ve ever seen one in full bloom, you’ll know that it’s a sight well worth waiting for…