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How to mow a wildflower meadow in late summer

Monty Don shows how to cut down a wildflower meadow in late summer, once the flowers have set seed, in this practical video guide.

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By September, most meadow wildflowers have set seed and are starting to flop and look tatty. So now is the time to carry out the annual mow. In this short video clip from Gardeners’ World, Monty Don shows you his thriving one-year-old wildflower meadow, and demonstrates how to shear it and mow it, then compost the clippings.

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