Existing vegetation should be killed or removed. Dig over or rotavate the soil to at least 100mm deep and rake over to create a reasonably fine tilth. Remove large stones, roots or clods of earth. The wildflower turf does not require a top quality finish to the soil preparation, as the end result is intentionally ‘meadow like’. However it is vital that the roots of the plants in the turf are all in contact with the soil to ensure that the turf establishes well. By the same token the soil need not be completely level as the turf will develop robustly and any slight unevenness will be lost as the turf grows to its full height.
Drainage - Attention must be paid to both underground and surface drainage. Ideally the soil should be free draining and not compacted. However if waterlogged soil is the problem please contact us for advice.
Soil Structure/fertility - Wildflowers can survive on fewer nutrients than conventional lawn grasses. If the soil is highly fertile, grasses and weeds tend to swamp out wildflowers as they are, generally, less competitive. Therefore wildflowers will do better on poor soils than awn grasses and it is important NOT to apply fertiliser to the soil prior to, or after laying the turf. Where wildflowers are seeded, it may be necessary to remove good quality top soil to increase the success rate of the seed. The Wildflower turf will establish on a large range of soil types and soil structures.