Is it possible to plant spring flowering bulbs beneath a wild flower grow mat?

At Meadowmat we are confident that it is possible to extend the flowering period of a wild flower meadow by planting spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, grape hyacinths, English bluebells, crocus or fritillary beneath the wild flower matting.

Running through the growing medium in Meadowmat wild flower mat is a very thin support net which is easily cut or torn and  has a good open weave. We're often asked by customers whether bulbs would be able to push through the net and  there is no reason why it should be a barrier to the leaves and flowers of spring bulbs.  Our Marketing lady, keen gardener and experimenter extroadinaire, Angela Lambert has donated a small area of her back garden as a test plot to determine once and for all whether our theory is correct.

Planting bulbs under Meadowmat

planting bulbs under meadowmat13th October 2013 saw Angela down on her knees setting bulbs into ground that has been prepared for wild flower matting before installing a roll or two of our new Meadowmat seed mix, “birds and bees” which has yet to be launched into the market place.

Before planting anything, all weeds were removed, the soil was dug to a depth of 15cm (ish) and then levelled and raked – just as it is in our “how to lay Meadowmat” video

Before unrolling Meadowmat, three species of spring flowering bulbs were laid on the ground.

Small bulbs such as fritillaria andmuscari were simply pressed gently into the surface of the soil. These are such tiny bulbs that the growing media in the Meadowmat that is to be unrolled on top of them will bury them sufficiently deeply.  The daffodil bulbs were buried up to their necks in the prepared soil – they need to be planted deeper than the tiny bulbs and corms.

Once all of the bulbs were in place, the Meadowmat was unrolled on top of them and installed as normal.   Edges were butted up close together and we ensured that the mat has good contact with the soil below.

 

Mother Nature obliged us with a rainstorm, so irrigating was unnecessary, but Angela will keep an eye out over the next few weeks just to make sure that the matting doesn’t dry out whilst the roots are establishing themselves into the soil.

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