Grow a low-carbon wildflower meadow

Grow a low-carbon wildflower meadow

Did you know, your lawn can play a big part in combating climate change?

Less mowing = creating natural grassland – and natural grasslands can lock up over 3 tonnes of carbon per hectare.

The good news is that much of what you need to create a wildflower meadow is likely to already be there, under your lawn. But dont’ worry, if you don’t have much outside space, you can grow our wildflowers in pots or window boxes.

Meadow-making

We used to see hay meadows stretching across the countryside, but many farmers turned them into crop fields or grassy land which killed off the wildflowers. Fortunately, in any garden, no matter the size, you have the opportunity to create a meadow that will help wildlife flourish.

You might want to give your meadow a bit of a hand by planting some wildflower seeds, just try to make sure they’re from a UK source. Here at The Plant Market, we source as much locally as we can.

Sow your wildflower seeds during March and April or in September, depending on soil conditions. On lighter soils, autumn-sown seeds generally germinate and establish quickly, although some will not come up until the following spring.

Wildlife havens

If you allow them space to grow, you’ll find wildflowers will flourish and bring your garden to life.

From insects to butterflies and moths as well as a variety of birds, a wildflower meadow is a major food source for a wide range of wildlife. Pollinators such as wild bumble bees, moths, butterflies, wasps, beetles, hoverflies as well as honeybees have faced serious difficulty over the last 100 years with habitat loss, pesticides and the depletion of nectar sources. By adding an area of wildflower into your garden you are providing an essential food source for pollinators.

Maintenance

A wildflower meadow is one of the lowest maintenance gardens you can have. It usually only requires 1 or 2 cuts a year – Spring and Autumn. These cuts clear the arisings so as not to allow rotting material to re-nutrify the soil.

Additionally, you’ll be saving money as well as time with your meadow. Wildflowers need very little in terms of fertilisers or irrigation but there’s also no need for re-planting. Once the wildflowers have taken hold, they are there for as long as you let them stay. You’ll save on the cost of petrol for your lawnmower too!

Health benefits

Wildflower areas are proven to improve air quality as well as lower greenhouse gas emissions. Reduced mowing, fertilisation, pesticide and herbicide treatments of wildflower areas means reduced greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution.

#GIGFY – Gardening is good for you. Recent studies, especially during the last 2 years have shown that gardens and gardening have a positive effect on mental health. These natural, sustainable green spaces bring us back to nature and breath more easily.

If you would like help creating a wildflower meadow in your garden, come and talk to us, we’d love to help.

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