How to cut a wildflower meadow

Cutting back wildflower meadows in autumn is an important task, and you'll be rewarded with a bumper display next year – Monty Don shows you how.

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Wildflower meadows need cutting once a year, after they’ve finished setting seed. Find out how to do it in this Gardeners’ World video, as Monty Don cuts back his wildflower meadow with a scythe. He shares tips on how short to cut it and why it’s important to remove all the cut material afterwards.