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How to maintain your wildflower meadow

Wildflowers are well known for being low maintenance, but in order to keep them coming back year after year they do require some taking care of. If you want your wildflowers to return each year so you can enjoy them again and again, they will need a little bit of encouragement. Keep reading below for an easy to follow, step-by-step guide on how to maintain your wildflower meadow.

How to maintain your wildflower meadow

To get your wildflowers to come back year after year, here’s everything you’ll need:

  • A pair of garden shears or a strimmer

  • Envelopes

At the end of their first blooming season, you will notice the leaves of your wildflowers will turn brown. This signals the end of their bloom, and it’s time to cut them down to kickstart their growth for the following year.

Using your garden shears or strimmer, cut your wildflowers down to 7cm. As you do this, the seed heads will have dropped onto the soil surface. Remove the majority of the clippings, but leave the seed heads behind.

Firm them into the soil by foot to embed them, and your wildflowers should return the following year.

Seed saving is also a great way to make sure that your favourite wildflowers return. Again, at the end of the blooming season your wildflowers will become crisp and brown but will also be full of seeds.

An inexpensive way to collect seeds and keep them organised is to use envelopes. Make sure to label your envelopes so you know exactly what you’re sowing. 

Have your envelope handy, grab the seedhead and shake the seeds out into the envelope and seal.

Keep your seeds stored in a cool, dry place and do not store your seeds in plastic as this will encourage condensation.

Then, in Autumn or Spring, you can sow your saved seeds again!

Now you have some insight on how to maintain your wildflower meadow, but if you have any questions, please get in touch, and we will be happy to help!