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Bit of waste ground - Wild flowers?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Matt42, 16 Jun 2018.

  1. Matt42

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    Hi,

    Theres a bit of waste ground opposite. It's a bit dry there at the moment, dogs do their business and the council occasionally come and trim it. I was wondering whether some wild flower seeds would take if I scattered them once the rains come back.

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    Near where I live the local conservation group/volunteer street cleaners organised along with the council to dig a small bed in a verge and plant flowers.
    I'd contact the council environmental team or residents group it's probably 50/50 if they would allow it
     
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  4. You would need permission from the owner of the land, presumably the council. The ground itself however looks like it would be suited to wild flowers which thrive in poor soil.
     
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    Scattering seeds among the grass is not going to work very well, as the established grass will swamp the seedlings as they emerge. A few stronger species might do OK but most of the content of a packet of mixed “wild flower” seeds will be wasted. You’ll need to either dig up the grass to prepare a bare seedbed for the seeds - and then try to identify and remove any undesireable weeds among your new seedlings - or plant the wild flower seeds in e.g. a seed tray and grow small plants, which you can then transplant when they are big enough to outcompete the grass.

    Bulbs are another option that will work more reliably, but are more expensive.

    Re the council, the main issue is you don’t want them to mow it at the wrong time of year. Their concern will be to ensure that nothing is so tall that it interferes with drivers’ sight lines.

    The presence of nice flowers will not stop it from being used as a dog toilet.
     
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    Thanks for all the advice. The council are rubbish here and devoid of any common sense. What are 'stronger' species of wild flowers?
     
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