Bee buffet contains mainly perennial species, which can be slow to establish and are unlikely to ower in the rst year. Annual species such as Borage, Corncockle, Corn ower and Field Poppy will generally flower in year one.
During the rst year remove any weeds which grow before they run to seed, either by topping, mowing or by hand for smaller areas. Weed growth is common due to the action of disturbing the ground (rather than being caused by contaminated seed mixtures).
The area can be cut once the owers have died back in the autumn. We recommend leaving the area undisturbed for as long as possible, ideally until February / March (before the rst spring growth). The dead owers and stems provide a diverse environment which is a haven for wildlife through the winter months. In particular, it provides habitat for butter ies such as the Red Admiral and the Clouded Yellow which remain in their chrysalis during the winter months.
Cut the area down to around 10cm using a scythe, strimmer or mower, leaving the cuttings for up to a week before removing. This will allow them to dry and shed seeds back into the soil.
After twelve months the sward should be well established and requires little additional maintenance. Simply follow the same annual cut pattern (either in spring or autumn depending on your preference).
As an ongoing process, observe and remove any weeds which invade the area.
Over time, some species within the mixture may become more dominant due to environmental factors and natural selection. To encourage diversity, simply reduce the number of dominant plants in order to restore the balance.