After you’ve scattered your seed, it’s very important to compress your seeds to make contact with the soil.
Add More Wildflowers to an Existing Meadows in Spring
The easiest and most effective way to add more seed if you have not recently mowed, is to take a steel rake and rough up small areas, or “pockets,” throughout the planting site. You can then sprinkle the seed directly over these roughed-up areas, giving it a quick compression with your foot to ensure good seed-to-soil contact.
How Much Seed Do I Need?
Wildflower seeds are often very tiny, and many require light to germinate. Unlike veggie seeds, which are typically planted in holes and buried within the soil, wildflower seeds are scattered on top of the soil and left exposed.
Before the start of the spring growing season, there are some chores that can increase the health and beauty of your meadow. For the most part, these tasks are limited to mowing, raking and seeding.
Smothering Weeds: (also called ‘occultation’) lay a heavy tarp, blanket or sheets over the planting site for 4-6 weeks. This cuts plant life off from available sunlight and also introduces a whole lot of warmth. Weed seeds that germinate in darkness will sprout under the heavy fabric, but will then die off from lack of sunlight.
Slash or mow weeds, and remove rocks and large debris from the area. Damp area down slightly – moisture helps the ‘cooking’. Throwing a handful of blood and bone over the weeds before you lay down the plastic also helps cook weeds as they sweat.
This method is reliable and easy to do even in large areas, but you do need patience as it will take several weeks – 4 – 6 in summer, 8 – 10 in winter.
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The trouble is, that lush green growth is weeds.
Wintergrass, oxalis, cape weed, flat weed, fumaria, onion grass – they’re all here – and more varieties I don’t even know the names of!