The true cost of a wildflower meadow

There is something truly beautiful about a wildflower meadow, whether it is in full bloom, gone to seed or covered in a crispy white haw frost. If it were up to me every public park, roundabout, garden and yes, even some rooftops, would sport some sort of species rich meadow to offset the damage that progress has done to our environment and ecosystems.

Establishing a wildflower meadow can be done in one of three ways, each carries a different set of costs.

colourful wild flower meadow

3 ways to grow a meadow

Sowing wildflower seed is the least expensive in terms of money spent, but it is by far the most time consuming, frustrating and sometimes disappointing method.

Setting plug plants allows good control of the species used, but, depending on the species you choose, buying individual plants may not be cheap, it takes ages to set them one at a time and weeding may be an issue until the plants are fully established. Plug plants may also come complete with pots and packaging that have a cost to the environment.

Wildflower matting is admittedly more costly than seed and probably on a par with plug plants but guess what? You get plenty of plants per square metre, they won't take long to plant and any annual weed seeds lying dormant in the soil will be unable to germinate - so no weeding ( provided you've prepared the ground properly before laying your Meadowmat.

laying Meadowmat laying wildflower matting is easy and instant

 

Choose wildflower matting and save money in the long run

An article in Prolandscaper Magazine compares the cost of wildflower seed vs wildflower turf over the first 3 years of the life of a wildflower meadow. The author uses costs that would apply to a large area being cultivated and managed by professional landscapers with specialist equipment and access to selective herbicides to help them with weed control. 

After 3 years, the cost of establishing and maintaining a seeded meadow was £21.20 per square metre.....with a failure rate of 50% The equivalent meadow, created using wildflower turf or matting was £15.10 per square metre.

In your own garden, you probably don't send yourself a bill for mowing or for weeding so you have the tricky decision of deciding whether to spend a little money and a lot of time on establishing a meadow or;  letting someone else do the initial seeding and weeding for you and buying pre-grown wildflower mats.

The choice is yours...........

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