Tillers Wildflower Turf makes the creation of a wildflower feature easy!
- Avoids the problem of weed invasion when establishing wildflowers from seed.
- Provides a colourful and biodiverse combination of wildflowers and grasses to provide an instant wildflower meadow.
The species in our turf have been specially selected to provide colour and structure from early spring through to mid-autumn. The wildflowers and grasses are grown on moisture retentive, recycled carpet fibre mat which acts as a mulch to suppress weeds. This system allows us to produce high quality, balanced mixtures of species, in a mature form, ready to be placed on site.
Please note species composition within the Turf varieties may vary, depending on seed availability at the time of sowing.
For laying instructions please refer to our laying guide.
Call Richard on 01522 704949 for advice and information.
Benefits of Wildflower Turf
- Enhances the biodiversity value of the built environment by attracting a wide range of pollinators
- Helps to re-establish wildflower species under threat
- Provides outstanding visual interest from early spring to late autumn
- Creates an immediate visual effect
- Cost effective and low maintenance
For Green Roofs
In addition to their beauty wildflowers are an amazing attraction to wildlife!
It doesn’t take long after the turf has been laid for insects to start appearing, and soon it’s teeming with life. It’s very satisfying to know that you’ve been responsible for adding to the food source for a wide range of insects, birds and mammals. Every m2 of wildflower turf contributes towards a healthier planet.
The decline in pollinators
It’s no secret that many of our pollinating species, both in the UK and other countries, are in decline with figures suggesting a loss of around 70% of our bee population alone over the past 40 years. Research suggests that there is no single reason for the decline in numbers although a key factor, as with many other wildlife species, is likely to be quite simply loss of habitat. In fact, in excess of 90% of our wildflower rich grassland has been lost since the 1930s through changes in management techniques and our quest for “tidiness”.
The Importance of Pollinators
Of course, we all know that bumblebees are great pollinators, and play a huge role in producing much of the food on our tables through the pollination of many commercial crops such as tomatoes, apples and strawberries. In fact our amazing insects are estimated to contribute over £400 million per annum to the UK economy! But it’s not just about the food we eat. Bumblebees also help pollinate many wildflowers, allowing them to reproduce. Without pollination many of these plants would simply not produce seeds, resulting in a nationwide decline in both wildflower numbers and species. Wildflowers form the basis of many of nature’s food chains, so it is easy to imagine how other wildlife such as other insects, birds and even mammals are all going to suffer if our native bee population continues to diminish.
How can we help?
The introduction of wildflowers into the environment, whether on golf courses or in amenity landscape, is therefore vitally important in arresting the decline of our pollinating species.
Tillers Wildflower Turf is a mixture of carefully selected native plant species. It guarantees success because the turf comes as a mat of mature plants, by-passing the problems of trying to establish a wildflower meadow from seed. Besides creating an instant aesthetic effect the turf provides a quick and sustainable source of pollen for our bees, butterflies and other insects to ensure both their future existence and the continued bio-diversity of our countryside.
Contact us for further advice and information.