Introduction

Planting small plugs of wildflowers in an existing lawn is an easy way to establish an attractive meadow. Plants can be grown from seed and then planted out, but a wide range of plug plants is available from garden centers.

Step 1

Materials needed:

plug plants
lawnmower
rake
trowel or bulb planter

Step 2

Distribute Plant Plugs Evenly Across Lawn

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut the grass short prior to planting.

When finished, rake up and remove the clippings. Randomly distribute the plug plants across the lawn area so that the planting will look natural. Avoid planting in rows or patterns that look symmetrical.

Step 3

Plant Plugs One at a Time Across Area

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prepare to plant wildflowers.

Using a trowel, dig holes where the plug plants have been placed, and slot them into the ground. Firm the plants in using your fingers. You may wish to use a bulb planter if you are planting over a large area.

Step 4

Avoid Walking On Area Where Plugs are Planted

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover ©2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Repeat the process.

Continue with step 2 until you have achieved an even spread of plants across the meadow area. Once all the plants are in place, they should be well watered. Avoid walking on areas that have been recently planted.

Step 5

Meadow Flowers Do Not Need fertilizer

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover ©2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Do not apply fertilizer to the lawn.

This will encourage the grass to compete with the meadow flowers. Avoid cutting the grass until the plants have finished flowering so that they have a chance to disperse their seed.