|freshly cut meadow hay drying in the sun|
As I set-to with the shears (I only have a few square metres, so no need for labour-saving machines) I felt as though I was positively scalping my MeadowMat. In actual fact, I fear I should have cut it even shorter.
On the MeadowMat production field, our most successful batch yet is the one that Robert has kept really short. The grasses are there, but regular mowing has kept them under control and allowed the flowering plants to really thrive. That batch is ready for despatch NOW so this would be a good time to place an order. You can buy online at www.enviromat.co.uk/buy_online.php
|Just one of the ladybirds living in my wild flower meadow|
The plan for the rest of the summer is to let the wild flower meadow recover from it's haircut and then keep trimming it back and removing the cuttings all through the autumn and winter. When I look at my patch, and compare it with the new production, I can see that my grasses are far too vigorous. No doubt it's because the soil in my garden is a bit too nutrient-rich. I need to weaken the grasses in order that the flowering plants can thrive, and to do that I must keep mowing and not allow any extra nutrients to get into the soil. So no grass clippings and definitely no fertiliser.
After just a couple of months of enjoying this small area of wild flower meadow, I'm hooked. So as soon as I can, I shall be ordering some more MeadowMat to increase the area. As for creating a wild flower meadow from seed, I don't think I'll try that one again...