Strict classic lawns seem too monotonous, monotonous, their grooming sometimes makes you think that they are inanimate.
Yes, they fit perfectly into the modern landscape of the city, but how often the city dweller longs for meadow flowering herbs.
I love you, field flowers -
So affable, joyful you;
Snow white and blue
Smile at me from the grass.
Star scattering bright pink,
Shone on a summer meadow,
Wiki Floral Butterfly
I can admire the clock ...
In contrast to the classic, densely sown grass and short-cropped, the Moorish lawn actually represents a meadow on which, along with the grasses, flowering annuals and perennials grow beautifully.
These lawns began to create at the beginning of the second millennium. In the VII – VIII centuries, Moors and Arabs founded states in North Africa and Spain. For the rulers erected majestic palaces, under which they laid out luxurious gardens and parks. Gardeners who came from different countries created oases of greenery, which merged the eastern and western traditions. And already in the XII century, thanks to immigrants from the Crimea, lawns appeared, resembling flowering Russian meadows. In the parks, the land between the trees began to bloom with flowering motley grass, which contributed to an increase in the number of insects, which further decorated the territories of gardens and parks.
It is believed that for the Moorish lawn care is minimal - it attracts flower growers engaged in basic work and family.
Nowadays there are ready-made seed mixtures of poorly flowering lawn grasses and beautiful flowering annuals. But it is much more interesting to choose the assortment of plants for such a natural corner. In this case, you will take into account your preferences, as well as the soil and climatic conditions in which your site is located.
Now it's summertime - it's time to stock up on seeds for the future of Moorish lawn, find a suitable place for it - near the house, under the fence, under the trees, in empty space. It may be just a lawn, which can be admired from the window of the house, from the gazebo or sitting on a little tree in the shade of a tree.
There are stunted (15−30 cm), medium-growth (30−50 cm) and tall (above 50 cm) Moorish lawns. What you choose depends on the location of the future lawn and your taste.
Landscape designers often offer the following proportions: one third of the grass (meadow grass, fescue, ricegrass) and two thirds of flowering plants (chamomile, cornflower, bellflower, escholzia, poppy oriental, Chinese carnation, daisy, large-flowered flax, nigella, nemesia and many others) .
Different manufacturers include in the mix from 5 to 40 species of plants. But I repeat, it is much more interesting to choose the plants for your Moorish (and I would like to say - flower) lawn.
Well plant and bulbous, which will become an early decoration of the lawn: Muscari, daffodils, undersized tulips, snowdrops, birdworm, crocuses.
It is advisable to select the plants so that the flowering is continuous, from early spring to late autumn.
You can grow several lawns, each in its own color range: warm tones, cold tones. And the top of the flower craftsmanship will be the lawn, in which the color will change several times a season.
So, right now (usually recommended in the fall) we dig a plot to a depth of 15−20 cm, carefully select the rhizomes of perennials, garbage, stones. We scatter humus, peat, ash in small quantities, dig again, level.
Until the autumn watching the site. As soon as weeds appear, we weed them out, this is the advantage of summer digging - we will get rid of weeds as much as possible, because we’ll have to manually select them from the lawn in the spring and next summer.
In the fall you can plant bulbous, if you want to include them in the composition. Also, if desired, add perennial bushes: anemone, primula, adonis. And in the spring - crested birds (after flowering, they leave, like all bulbous). You can talk endlessly about the assortment - the variety of colors is amazing!
Of course, for beginners in the flower art, it would be preferable to start with to buy ready-made mixes. After a year or two, experience will appear and you will want to remove something, add something to the flowering forbs. Moorish lawn is not a creative field.
The first crop is produced in the spring. First, level the soil, moisten it, then sow the seeds evenly, cover it with soil using a rake. It is advisable to cover with a cover film, thus accelerating germination and save the seeds from the birds.
When the plants start to rise, if necessary, we break through the thickened places, sit down in the empty ones and tear out the weeds, if they appear. In nature, plants get rain watering, but it is better to water the lawn on their own.
Experts recommend in September-October to mow the lawn at a height of 8−12 cm, for a few days to leave the mowed plants on the plot, so that the seeds hit the ground, then clean.
If the lawn is small, you can simply work with shears as the flowering occurs and the required amount of seed is collected for sowing. Such a method is more acceptable to me, then some plants give re-flowering, because some bloom in late spring / early summer, others - in late summer / early autumn.
Not everyone has the opportunity to often leave the city. And having created a Moorish lawn on your plot of land, you will bring a flowering meadow closer to yourself, warm your soul with floral warmth, fill with the vital energy of wild nature.
Wildflowers ... Wildflowers ...
Do not compare you with a garden flower.
You have warmed my soul, family!
You settled in my heart!
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