Last April, I planted two wild flower areas in my garden. In the first, I used seed bought from the garden centre for a total of about £10.00. For the second I used six square metres of Meadowmat - retail value about £68 including VAT.
Was the Meadowmat worth the extra money?
For me personally, YES. Why? because I'm a busy person and I like reliable results with the minimum of hassle.
Check out these two pictures, taken this afternoon (March 1st).
|perennial wild flowers grown from seed almost 1 year ago. No flowers so far, poor species mix and poor germination|
|Meadowmat installed almost 1 year ago, most of these plants flowered last summer, excellent ground cover|
Weeds....I HATE weeding with a vengeance and I have to say, that I haven't had to remove a single plant from the Meadowmat patch, it seemed to supress the plants that would normally have popped up by themselves. Not so the seeded area. I'll concede that there weren't any native grasses sown into the seeded patch and that may have made a slight difference to the amount of groundcover that grew, nevertheless, all that lovely water served to germinate just about every weed seed there could ever have been in that patch. Maybe I should have left it to its own devices, just to see what happened, but I didn't. I must have spent a total of over 20 hours on my knees in that small patch, pulling out all manner of things that I recognised as weed (if I wasn't sure, I let it be, just in case it was something I wanted to grow). And what did I get in return for all my TLC in the seed patch? Precisely NO flowers but some lovely Yarrow and Plantain leaves for the tortoises.
|white campion in my meadowmat|
It's for everyone to make up their own mind about whether to use wild flower mat or whether to try seeding. I know which I prefer. This video says it all.