Euroflor seed should be stored in the original sealed foil packets in a dry, dark, cool place, until use.
Site Prep (Nov-Mar)
Urban meadows will grow in most soils, however a soil analysis is recommended as it will indicate specific mineral deficiencies or extreme pH levels for correction. Cut down existing vegetation to 5 –10 cm and remove, (or bury it nearby in order to recycle the biomass).
Apply a glyphosate based weedkiller, such as Gallup Biograde Amenity, when the average diurnal temperature is >6°C Do not exceed the manufacturers application rate.
Seed Bed Prep (Feb-Apr)
Remove surface debris and stones >7cm or >5cm if the soil is very stony.
Beware of imported, previously non cultivated and contaminated top soil which may contain a lot of weed seed that will later germinate and compete with Euroflor. The soil should be worked when it is moist but not waterlogged.
Fertilisers and soil conditioners should only be added if a soil analysis indicates the necessity to do so and then added when the soil is being worked to ensure an even distribution.
The soil should be worked to a depth of 4 -6 inches and raked to form an even seed bed.
Spring sowing: April, May, June.
Autumn sowing: September, October. (Spring Flower, Flora Britannica, Souvenir, Alliance, Reviva only). See catalogue for details.
Euroflor meadow mixes are not generally sown with grass seed.
Sowing should be done in the right weather conditions (no wind, low soil humidity etc).
Sow at 3g/m², unless otherwise stated, mixing the seed with dry sand (ratio 1:10 or more).
If possible sow twice, at 90°, in half doses to obtain a homogeneous seed cover.
Raking is optional but the seed should not be covered with more than 3mm into the soil.
The sown areas should be rolled lightly.
Germination & Growth
If the seed bed has been well prepared competition from weed species will be greatly reduced.
Germination is temperature dependant and may take up to 3 weeks. The soil should not be allowed to dry out during this period.
Euroflor will start flowering after 50-60 days.
Timely watering may be required at any stage of the plants’ growth if dry conditions persist. Overseeding the first year will only be required if the seed bed preparation has not been carried out properly. In which case work should be done manually in the areas concerned by lightly raking, hand seeding and compacting by foot.
Some weed species add to the biodiversity and do not need to be removed unless they are allergens, toxic or dominant. If colonising weed species dominate just after seeding, cut down the sward to 5-6cm, repeating the operation if necessary.
End of year maintenance consists of cutting the plants down to 10cm at the end of the flowering period (usually after the first hard frosts). Organic matter will be absorbed into the soil during the winter months. Alternatively the removal of green waste may be done for aesthetic reasons.
Excessive Nitrogen fertiliser will reduce the flower performance. Sub-soils are generally deficient in minerals; adding decaying organic matter to the soil is recommended. Fallow period: After preparing the topsoil the first year, if possible leave a 4–8 week interval to let remaining undesirable seeds germinate. Hand hoe or apply a second glyphosate based weedkiller. Avoid deep soil disturbance thereafter which will bring other weed seeds to the surface to germinate.
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