Lawns : Mowing
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Creating a riverside wildflower meadow
My question is: I would like to create a wildflower meadow in the 4-acre riverside sheltered field that adjoins my cottage. I need to remove tough grass but preserve certain areas which are filled with bluebells in the Spring.
I have researched the basic principles of creating such a wildflower meadow but would like to know a bit more about what are the best means and machines for taking up the dense grass in such a large area- and keeping it under control without resorting to hugely environmentally and health-damaging glyphosate.
130120171, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow Posted: 13/01/2017
Treat the area as a wet meadow, allowing whatever widlflowers are present to show themselves.
This means mowing in mid spring as soon as the ground can bear a ride-on lawnmower or better still a tractor mower. Let it grow as meadow until purple loosetrife and meadowsweet have flowered and seeded and then mow.
The principle is to reduce fertility by removing mowings as hay, or cut grass.
Over time, the wild flowers of low ground, including purple loosetrife, meadow sweet, flag iris, ragged robin, cuckoo flower, slef heal, ajuga and buttercup will establish, or you can raise plants from seed and introduce them. Weed species such as docks may need to be rooted out in summer when they can be seen easily.
It is better and easier to work with what you have than to rip it up and sow.
First cut of a newly sown lawn
I recently seeded my new lawn and am now preparing for the first cut. Someone had mentioned to me that I should not collect the grass on the first cut and instead leave it sit on the lawn to act as fertilizer. Is this a good idea and will it make any difference?
georgio, , Co Meath Posted: 31/07/2016
If there is little or no cut grass, leave it in place. If there is a heavy cut, remove it. Do not cut tightly at first, give it just a light trim.
I have a new lawn only three years old and lately it has being covered with scutch grass, can I add anything or spray anything to get rid of it?
vinnyfree, killeagh, Co Cork Posted: 09/05/2016
What you are seeing, that looks strawy and like scutchh grass, is just the flower stems beginning to shoot out. You need to mow more often and a bit tighter to catch these stems which are produced mainly in early summer and are not so evident later.
i have put down a new lawn four weeks ago and i am just wondering for the first few cuts will i collect the grass or is it best to mulch it without the box on the lawnmower.
170620151, Berrings, Co Cork Posted: 17/06/2015
It makes little or no difference. Remove if the cover is heavy.
I have recently moved to Ireland and have a huge back garden that i wish to make into a flower garden, how do i compost all the grass clippings that i am about to get?
february, Emly, Co Tipperary Posted: 18/02/2012
Grass mowings get broken down in one or other of two ways. One is by fungi which is a relatively dry decomposition and the other is wet when anaerobic bacteria complete the decomposition.
The former is practically odourless, the second smelly.
If you can cut on dry days and stack under light cover but allowing plenty of air in, you can get a dry decomposition.
Alternatively, if you mix the mowins with dry leaves, cardboard and similar material to keep the stack open, you can get a good breakdown.
For a very large garden, the best solution is to plant trees over part of it and make a garden woodland which is almost maintenance-free.
Put new lawn in end of August 2011 grass grew very well. However it is now full of small weeds - leave resemble nettles but much smaller and have a smal purple flower. So disappinted as we thought we had prepared ground very well - weedkiller etc.
Can we use lawn weedkiller in April and then feed with spring lawn feed? For our other lawn can we scarify in the Spring? Thanks
060320112, Athenry, Co Galway Posted: 05/02/2012
Because there are weed seeds in the soil, it is not unusual for a relatively new lawn to have soft weeds.
These will die out when regular mowing begins and usually the true lawn weeds take more than one year to develop.
If there are weeds present later in the summer, you can apply a lawn weedkiller or in May the following year.