Grow a wild meadow
The roar of lawnmowers echoes through your neighborhood. After their passage, no more wild flower, no more grass sticking out. Against this green desert, quickly install a wild meadow at home!
Interest of a wild meadow
Green carpet at great expense
From the beginning of each spring, it’s the same thing: to have a nice, thick, dense, homogeneous lawn, weekly mowing chores begin, accompanied by those related to scarification to remove moss, regular watering from that the green turns slightly to yellow, to the additions of fertilizers when they are not treatments with selective herbicides. And all this for an almost inevitable end result: a lawn poor in plant species, which ends the season often worn by the sun and the footsteps of visiting friends. What if we looked at things differently, richer, simpler, and much less expensive.
To see things differently, it can be to let nature take its course, by transforming (at least) a corner of your lawn into a wild meadow. It’s taking the time to let it grow, to see it evolve over the weeks and the seasons, it’s coming to see the flowers grow and blossom little by little, then transform into stems of often very beautiful fruit. them too. It is also giving yourself the opportunity for great surprises, by leaning a little over this meadow to look closely, to discover a small fauna settling quickly in this mini wild reserve: grasshoppers, crickets, butterflies, shrews ?
This changing and permanent spectacle requires little to set up in your garden, starting with an organization of the space: such a passageway will continue to be mowed regularly, other islets, on the contrary, will be left to their own devices, while a few pockets will be downright cultivated to accommodate the greatest diversity.
No, cultivated grasslands, even without wildflowers, are not monocultures! Even in agriculture, hay meadows most of the time bring together dozens of species and varieties of forage grasses, all more varied in their delicate forms than each other. To discover this diversity, it is enough to lean there a little.
That of Italy is well known since it is the main component of many lawns sold in garden centers, because it provides, on almost any type of soil, a rustic grass with large, vigorous and resistant tufts, which furnish well floor. In short, the ideal for a sports turf, as the advertisements say.
Appreciated by farmers because it provides fine, nutritious hay, this grass is widely used in hay meadows. However, it is difficult to distinguish it from ryegrass: you have to look closely at its ears to see that the pedicel of fescue is cylindrical, unlike that of ryegrass, which is slightly cubic.
The agglomerated cocksfoot
This is one of the most naturally occurring grasses, no doubt because it is also one of the hardiest, growing early in the spring on almost any type of soil. Many varieties exist, very similar, but at the same time different enough to offer their diversity.
This grass with particularly delicate spikes grows well in cool meadows and provides a dense, dense lawn. If it rises little the first year, it provides the following year with fine and compact grass. For farmers, it is one of the best hay grasses.
Birth of a wild meadow
What you need: a spade, a rake, a watering can, a scythe, some wildflower seeds.
Prepare the ground
Well-turned soil and finely worked soil, without fertilizer (grassland prefers poor soil), that’s a good start. Start by laying bare the ground by pulling up the grasses, digging lightly and raking if necessary to break up the clods.
Improve the ground
By working the soil, you will also get to know it:
- if the water stagnates there for a long time and the earth is heavy, it is clayeyit must be aerated a lot, by drilling holes with a spade;
- if he is very light and sandyadd a little humus which will retain the water;
- if chestnut trees or heather grow near you, your soil is acidyou can spread a little lime on it.