[Infographic] How to create your urban garden?
When we talk about turf, straight away our thoughts usually turn to classic grass, that is a lawn comprising grass seedlings. Of course, we’re very used to seeing lots of lawns of this type – and probably our own is no exception! It’s true, grasses have their big advantages: they easily create a thick mesh of roots and leaves, so as to produce a really walkable, durable and long-lasting green carpet.
But actually there are some interesting alternatives to grass, that look both special and different. These are great for anyone looking for a turf that is a bit out of the ordinary!
Here are a few suggestions.
Dichondra Micrantha, also known simply as Dicondra, is a plant native to eastern Asia, ideal for small lawn areas subject to frequent use. It is highly resistant when planted in areas with little shade, but care must be taken to ensure its consistent growth: in the absence of sun it tends to elongate and bolt!
During very cold winters the plant stops growing altogether: if you find any holes in the lawn you’ll need to wait to spring to sow more seed in the gaps.
It’s a nice, compact plant. Dicondra lawns may need a bit of time to get established but don’t worry, in the space of a few months it will soon have got the better of all the weeds!
Clover lawns (Trifolium repens L.) are known for their great elegance. This micro-thermal plant is of European origin and there are many varieties suitable for cultivation as turf. Its most distinctive feature is its ability to cover the whole surface of the lawn easily and fast. It’s also one of the best choices for those who want a lawn that needs very little maintenance!
It requires no fertilizer: belonging to the legume family, its roots are home to bacteria that fix air-borne nitrogen. It’s happy in fairly dry areas and doesn’t need a lot of watering.
A wildflower meadow is both beautiful to look at and easy to grow.
Your trusted seed supplier will have ready-prepared packs of seeds containing a mix of annuals, biennials or perennials. Once established it needs very little care: no fertilizer and little water! We recommend you stick to native plants, though. They are not only allies of biodiversity, but they self-sustain with ease and usually bloom from spring to summer.
Did you already know these alternatives to traditional lawns? Perhaps you’ve already tried growing alternative non-grass meadows? Do leave a comment and let us know!
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