A good lawn with a silky surface, without a doubt, is one of the main components of landscaping and beautification of the garden or household plot. And to meet the landscape design without a lawn today is almost impossible.
Flower arrangements and lawns
Ontario lawn and flowerbed design, photos of which can be seen in the article, can be done in a variety of ways. First of all, a beautifully manicured grass cover perfectly combines with a variety of types of floral design, such as flowerbeds and borders. The green color of grass always emphasizes the brightly colored inflorescences and decorative foliage of annual and perennial plants.
Flowerbeds in front of the main entrance or driveway should be planted with low, narrow-leaved grasses (high quality groundcover): Red fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, slender bentgrass and creeping bentgrass. Covering of these grasses has a soft velvety surface, but requires constant and regular maintenance. In addition, it should not be played on by children or animals and should not be constantly walked on to the vegetable beds or the garage.
Flowerbeds or lawns can be separated from the lawn by a plastic border, a number of small stones or decorative bricks, or you can just make a neat and smooth edge of the coverage, which looks attractive and beautiful.
For an interesting contrast with the grassy covering, the surface of the flower bed can be sprinkled with wood chips, painted in different shades.
To decorate the lawn in early spring, it is often planted with bulbous and small bulbous plants that bloom with the onset of heat. These can be crocuses, daffodils, tulips and other crops. Of course, it looks spectacular, but you should remember that until these crops are in bloom, mowing them is not allowed, and this spoils the overall appearance of the lawn. If you mow during flowering, the bulbs will probably not bloom the next year.
Lawn on paths in combination with stones or other decorative coatings looks interesting. And the width of the lawn stripes between the stones or tiles can vary from 1-2 cm to 20-25 cm. The best for such design are low-growing grasses with narrow leaves.Interestingly, a mature lawn perfectly holds in place a path made of stones and tiles during even the heaviest precipitation and spring waterlogging.
Lawn on playgrounds and recreational areas
Lawns are also suitable for creating children’s play areas at the cottage. They are usually placed in an open area that is well exposed to the sun. But you can also place them in the light shade of trees, but in this case they should not be fruit, as the labor intensity of care increases several times, and the children will pick unripe and unwashed fruit.
In addition, it is worth remembering that for the sun, penumbra and shade, a certain composition of lawn grass is always selected. What grows in the sun does not always grow well in the shade or penumbra.
A turf grass cover would make a great decoration for a resting place next to a body of water, either decorative or designed for bathing. In this case, the mixture of seeds should consist of different types of bluegrass, timothy, fescue, as well as ryegrass. On such a lawn you can walk or lie on it, but you should not play sports.
Leisure furniture, which is placed on the grass carpet, should not be heavy. This allows it to be easily moved when mowing and other maintenance work, or at all removed from the site at this time.
Children’s areas and recreational areas can be sown with the so-called lawn for the lazy, which consists of white-pink or red clover. This crop forms a fairly dense and dense cover, which looks very beautiful during flowering and retains its decorative appearance throughout the growing season. But when using it it is worth knowing a few things.
The first thing worth mentioning is that such a lawn is sown only in well-lit places, since even light shading causes clover stretching, and this drastically reduces the decorative value of the grass cover and its density. It is also worth knowing that this kind of lawn in Ontario requires mowing several times a season, despite all the assurances of sellers that it is not necessary to cut it. Also, clover is considered a rather aggressive crop and over time can spread throughout the garden.
Also, the lawn of this culture needs regular watering and feeding. Another disadvantage is bees, which can land on the flowers of clover, so walking barefoot will be dangerous.
A little about the ornamental vegetable garden
It is interesting and practical to use grass cover when creating a decorative vegetable garden. When between the raised by 25-35 cm beds are made paths of stress-resistant lawn, it looks simply spectacular. A mixture of ryegrass, bluegrass is used for this. On such paths there is never mud after the rain, and in the warm season it is pleasant to walk barefoot.
To emphasize the beauty and completeness of such landscape elements as an alpine hill, decorative creek, as well as a composition of trees, shrubs, perennials and a variety of small cultural forms, around them create a low silky lawn of bluegrass, fescue and bluegrass.
Sports lawns in Ontario
Sports fields at the country house are best covered with a tread-resistant lawn consisting of low-growing, grassy herbaceous plants with strong roots. An approximate composition of grass for sports lawns looks like this:
- Ryegrass – about 30%.
- Red fescue – about 20 %.
- Meadow-grass – about 20%.
- Meadow bluegrass – about 15%.
Approximate consumption per square meter is from 30 to 60 grams. Preparation of land for sowing sports lawn should be carried out carefully and accurately with observance of all technology. This will allow you to create a thick and beautiful lawn at the first time, which will be happy for many years.
Some things to consider when creating a lawn
When creating a lawn in Toronto, be sure to consider the ease and accessibility of lawn care. This means that the shape of the lawn should not have incredible curves and sharp corners, as a lawnmower will be difficult to handle such areas and will have to do it manually with special scissors.
If the garden is located on a plot with a slope, when creating a lawn, you should remember that a layer of good nutritious soil should be at least 20-35 cm, and the slope – no more than 30 degrees. If the slope is greater, the site has a retaining wall or lay a special reinforcing mesh, geomats or geogrids, which prevent erosion and removal of lawn from the slopes of heavy precipitation.
For sowing on sites with a high slope, a mixture of lawn grasses is used, which consists of pasture ryegrass, fescue (bromegrass) and hedgehog. On slopes, it is better to sow seeds by hydroseeding, which allows to distribute seeds evenly over the plot. In addition, with this method of sowing, a crust appears on the surface after a couple of hours, protecting the seeds from bird attacks and blowing out by the wind.
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