How to lay wildflower turf

Do it:

Mar

Takes just:

15 minutes

A mini wildflower meadow, with native flowers such as red clover, scabious and ox-eye daisies, is a great way to attract pollinators to your garden.

You can grow wildflowers from seed or from plug plants, but the easiest way to establish a wildflower meadow is to lay turf. Simply remove a few strips from your lawn and replace them with wildflower turf, which you can buy from online suppliers.

Discover three ways to create a mini meadow.

Follow our step-by-step guide to laying wildflower turf.

You will need

Tape measure

Spade

Wildflower turf

Rake

Sharp knife

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Measure the area you want to transform. Use a spade to remove the grass and top layer of soil. Cut the grass into strips, using a spade, and roll them up for easy removal.

Prepare the soil with a rake, making sure it's level, and remove big stones. Consolidate the surface by walking up and down, taking small, heavy steps. Rake again.

Lay the turf on the soil, staggering the joints like brickwork. Use a knife to cut off any excess turf, then water it well. Keep watered but do not feed.

No room for a wildflower lawn? Plant a wildflower container.

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