[Infographic] How to create your urban garden?
To walk barefoot on the grass, to let the kids play outside, to organise a picnic or a BBQ with your friends, to sunbathe or simply to admire our garden. These are just some of the activities that allow us to enjoy our garden in summer. A flawless turf is the goal we want to achieve when it comes to our garden, whether we want to live it at its fullest or just for the beauty it adds to our houses. It really takes a little to attain the optimal summer mowing.
Each garden is different from the others. Some of them endure droughts and the treading, others are more delicate and they need a humid and cold climate. This is the case of British gardens, which are really common in Northern Europe and adapt really well to the climate of the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Scandinavian countries. The turf is elegant, homogeneous and bright green. It is made of cold climate grasses, in particular the Festuca genus, which grows when the temperature range goes from 15°C degrees to 23°C degrees.
This kind of garden hardly adapts to the warmest climate of Southern Europe, where temperatures can get over 35°C degrees in summer. The golden rule for mowing these gardens is “a little, but frequently”, and it has to be done any 5/7 days to ensure a good oxygenation and homogeneity to the lawn. To be sure the grass is dry is of the utmost importance to prevent funguses to develop, as they are a consequence of the stagnant mud of grass and water.
Grass has to be regularly mowed even in the Southern gardens such as in France, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy, following just a few simple pieces of advice. The most common grasses in the Mediterranean area are warm climate grasses. They are a bit more “rural” and resistant, and they grow quicker when the temperature range between 23°C degrees and 35°C degrees.
When droughts and scorching sun affect those countries in summer, the best solution is to raise the height of the cut – or better, to avoid mowing the grass for longest periods of time, to limit the excessive evaporation of water from the soil. However, even if this caution can prove to be the healthiest solution for Southern gardens, where the climate is particularly dry, it’s preferable not to wait too long. To cut grass after it has reached a significant height can damage its structure, causing the tear of the roots and the “schyte” effect.
To let a lot of time to pass in-between one mowing and the following one also cause the uncontrolled proliferation of weeds, as their roots get stronger in the meantime and their seeds can spread. For this reason, it is advisable to cut the grass before it gets too high, and to let its growth level to suggest when it is the good time to mow it.
The efficiency of the lawn mower helps, other than to give you a pleasant and relaxing experience, to keep the garden healthy with no need to use of potentially useless chemicals. The mulching technique, which is getting really popular nowadays, allows for a complete and sustainable fertilization of the soil. The grass is cut, crumbled into minute pieces and spread on the lawn that, now “nourished”, better endures the trauma caused by warmth and treading.
Another remarkable consequence is that the lawn remains homogeneous and dense, and it’s not thinned-out or patched. The best of the results with the minimum effort, both in terms of wasted time and energy! In fact, mulching solves the inconvenience of collecting and disposing of the freshly cut grass. This way of taking care of the garden makes the mowing task as pleasant as the fact on enjoying it during summer.
By Eleonora De Paolis Foglietta
Eleonora De Paolis Foglietta is a contributor from international network Gushmag. Passionate about nature, gardening and art, she is founder of the Blueeco project. Her favourite quote is “the beauty will save the world”.
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