Design by Nature’s seed mixtures – new autumn price list
Due to a better than projected harvest, wildflowers.ie, trading as Design by Nature, has released their new Autumn seed mixture price lists with significant discounts across the board.
27 September 2017
All of the seed mixture are 100% Native Irish Origin Wildflower Seed Mixtures – with or without added grass. Prices are net of a VAT horticulture rate of 13.5% and are delivered by An Post.
All mixtures quoted are without added grass seed, unless requested or advised – it is always advisable to sow their seed mixtures without added grass.
100% Wildflower seed sowing rates – without added grass – one kilo of 100% flora covers 666 sq ms, 1.5g of seed covers 1 sq m.
Wildflower seed sowing rates – with added grass – one kilo of 50% flora, 50% grass covers 333 sq ms, 3g of flora and grass covers 1 sq m.
Grass seed added still needs the same amount of flora.
The minimum order is 100 grams which covers 66 sq ms. All seed mixtures are Irish wild sourced wild flora and Irish farm grown and a seed cert is provided with every order.
All mixtures should be hand sown but if you use seed spreaders, add a few grams at a time and never sow with Per’ Rye grass or other strong vigour grasses with wildflowers.
Mixtures can be sown onto ‘weed free’ ploughed or cultivated clean soil, soil fertility rises the more its worked. Never just turn a living sward, the grass will come back.
Eliminate all vegetation – work the top 2 to 5mm – and keep the seedbed, below 5cm firm. Certain seed mixtures can be over sown into existing swards without the need to turn the soil, these are stitch sown and rolled in. They require regular cutting – three times per summer in early years. They are mainly successful on poor ground and take 3 years to establish.
The mixtures contain: annuals, biennials and perennials. The percentage of each type varies with mixtures as does grass if added.
Hardy or Cornfield Annuals makeup 10-20% depending on the mix and annuals live their entire life cycle in one season.
Biennials makeup circa 10-15% of the mix. They flower between 12-24 months after sowing, mostly in the second year. If well maintained, many will reseed and persist for years.
Perennials dominate most mixtures making up 65-95%, again depending on the year. They germinate in the first, second, and into the third year.
In most cases, it is perennials that out compete fine grasses, but suffer from coarse grass and rudimentary weeds; that is why you must cut most meadows and clear away the dead foliage and then rake the soil between autumn – early spring to encourage the self set perennial seed to germinate.
|Irish Garden Flora||Per Gram||1 Kilo 0%-Grass||1 Kilo|
|Links||GF: Garden suited Wildflower Seed Mixtures||<1KG||1000gm||50% Grass|
|GF01||Small Garden Wildflower Lawn Mixture||€0.18 cent||€150||€78|
|GF02||Simple Irish Wildflower Mixture (Starter pack)||€0.18 cent||€140||€73|
|GF03||All-Ireland Bee n’ Pollinator Wildflower Mix (Tolerates shade)||€0.18 cent||€150||€78|
|GF04||Cottage Garden Wildflowers (Tolerates shade)||€0.20 cent||€180||€88|
|Yellow Rattle / Hay Rattle||€0.24 cent||€200|
|Irish Wildflower Mixtures||Per Gram||1 Kilo 0%-Grass||1 Kilo|
|Links||WF: Wildflower Seed Mixtures, Suits all sites||<1KG||1000gm||50% Grass|
|WF01||Traditional Irish Wildflower Meadow||€0.18 cent||€150||€78|
|WF02||Biodiversity WF’ Meadow Mixture (Tolerates light-shade)||€0.18 cent||€150||€78|
|WF03||Bird Attracting Wildflora, Tall (Cut in Spring) NEW||€0.18 cent||€130||€68|
|WF04||TidyTown – Avenues and Approach Roads NEW||€0.18 cent||€170||€88|
|Designer Wildflower Mixtures||Per Gram||1 Kilo 0%-Grass||1 Kilo|
|Links||DW: Designer Wildflower Seed Mixtures, Suits all sites||<1KG||1000gm||50% Grass|
|DW01||Short-Cut Wildflower Mixture – Cut every 6 weeks||€0.20 cent||€190||€98|
|DW02||Medium Height Wildflower Mixture – Cut twice In summer||€0.20 cent||€170||€88|
|DW03||Tall Wildflowers (No cut, cut in Spring)||€0.18 cent||€150||€78|
|DW04||‘Cut and sow’ into existing meadow or lawns||€0.22 cent||€200||€103|
|DW05||Tussock and Hummocks, Tall – Can be left uncut||€0.22 cent||€170||€88|