How to Grow a Wildflower Meadow

Create a unique lawn space with long grasses and gorgeous wildflowers.

Poppy Field Attracts Pollinating Insects

Poppy Field Attracts Pollinating Insects

Plant a natural mix of wildflowers if a backyard space is big enough. A colorful mix of red poppies and other nectar rich flowers will attract pollinating insects.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed

  • wildflower seeds
  • silver sand
  • bucket (for mixing)
  • shovel
  • rake
  • measuring tape
  • bamboo canes
  • garden hose
  • netting

Step 1: Mix Seeds

Mix Wildflower Seed with Sand Before Spreading

Mix Wildflower Seed with Sand Before Spreading

Add a few handfuls of sand in a bucket, and mix the wildflower seeds and sand together. This process simply dilutes the seed with sand to make sowing easier.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

The best way to establish a wildflower meadow is to sow seeds onto bare soil in spring or fall at a rate of 1⁄4 ounce per 10 square feet (5 grams per square meter). Spring-sown seeds will germinate easily, but those sown in fall can rot over the winter if your soil is heavy and wet. Wildflower seed mixes are sown in small quantities; to make it easier to see where you have sown, mix the seeds first with silver sand.

Step 2: Prepare Site

Prepare Soil for Seeding by Removing Large Stones

Prepare Soil for Seeding by Removing Large Stones

Prepare the soil for planting by digging and removing any debris or large stones. Firm the soil down and rake surface giving it a fine, even texture.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Start preparing the site about six weeks before sowing. Prepare the soil to be sown by turning it over and removing any large stones or debris. Then firm it down, and rake the surface to give a fine, even texture.

Step 3: Measure Area

Sow Seeds in Even Squares to Insure Coverage

Sow Seeds in Even Squares to Insure Coverage

Sow seed in squares to assure even coverage of seed.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mark out evenly sized squares over the area to be sown using bamboo canes. This makes it easier to sow the right amount of seed evenly.

Step 4: Rake Seeds

Rake Seeds into Soil Using Spring Tined Rake

Rake Seeds into Soil Using Spring Tined Rake

Gently rake the seeds into the soil using a tined rake. Water the seeds well using a fine spray.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Rake the seed into the soil very lightly using a spring-tine rake. Water the seed in well using a fine spray. Cover the area with netting to ward off birds.