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Maintenance of an Euroflor Urban Meadow

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.


IDENTIFLOWER
This Identiflower PDF has been created to show a popular selection of the individual flower types, and their characteristics, you can expect to find in the range of Euroflor mixtures.


Calibration procedure
1. Set the correct spreader opening. On the OptiM8 spreaders this is a setting of 16 or 18.
2. Put a measured quantity of sand in the spreader hopper e.g. 5 kgs.
3. Measure out an area 25m in length and 2 m wide. This will be a total surface area of 50 sq. m.
4. In the centre of the measured area, walk at a steady pace of 2.5 mph.
5. At the end, weigh the amount of sand left in the hopper, e.g 3.5 kgs.
6. The amount used in this example would be 1.5 kgs.
7. At 1.5kg used over 50 sq.m it will be calculated as 30g/sq.m.
8. If the rate of Euroflor seed is recommended at 3g/sq. metre, it will require 150g of seed (3g x 50m2) and 1.35kg of sand (1.5kg of sand less 150g of seed)
9. To ensure the best spread of the seed/carrier mixture a choice can be made regarding the preferred width of spread.[/caption]
For larger areas, the amount of seed and sand can be scaled up: For example, if applying Euroflor to an area of 500 sq. m, the calculation above would be multiplied by a factor of 10, e.g. 150g of seed x 10 = 1.5 kg and 1.35 kg of sand x 5 = 13.5 kg, making a total amount of sand/seed mixture to be placed in the hopper of 15 kgs.


To ensure the best spread of the seed/carrier mixture a choice can be made regarding the preferred width of spread. deally, sowing of the seed should be applied twice at half the recommended rate at 90°.
This is the ideal opening. With all three open a spread of 6-7.5 metres will be achieved. However this should only be attempted by experienced operators.
Ideally, sowing of the seed should be applied twice at half the recommended rate at 90°. This will double the amount of sand used but the seed quantity will remain the same. If using an organic fertilizer as the carrier, ensure the lowest rate of use recommended is used.

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