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Following the last summer droughts, your lawn needs maintenance and treatments. What if you tried ecological restoration this spring?

Start with shaded areas that are harder to access with your mower and so conducive to moss growth. Treatments are not always effective. Instead, cover the ground with shade plants such as periwinkles, the hostas, the lamium, the ferns where the ivy. They grow on their own and provide a pleasant decor

A flowery meadow, an attractive solution

On the peeled, dried out areas of your lawn, try the experience of the flowery meadow, to be sown as soon as the soil is warm. Choose wild or botanical varieties suited to your land.

  • Scrape the soil with a claw to loosen it.
  • Sow your seeds and bury them with a rake.
  • They will gradually colonize the free surface.
  • Some watering will be necessary to induce emergence.

Do not sow grasses: let your lawn grow naturally without watering or treating it. You will free yourself from the chores of mowing or watering for the entire season on these locations.

Pursue the ecological option

If the experience is successful, you can generalize ecological management throughout your land. Mow your small spaces when the flowers have seeded, they will continue their colonization around.

For faster results, take advantage of the fall to seed a large plot. Winter will help the seedlings to germinate, they will be stronger to get through the next summer.

Complete with bulbs (snowdrops, scilles, daffodils, hyacinths,daffodils) always taking your soil type into account. When your land is no more than a field of flowers, you will mow paths to make the most of it!

If the experience has not convinced you, mow the flowering plots before the seed goes up before reseed in classic turf !

M.-C. H.


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Photo credits : Gnis, The Plant of the Month

Video: Autumn mowing lawns and meadows with a scythe (October 2020).