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Question: garden facing north

Hi, I have a small garden facing north and after making a change of land (it was still the yard) I would like to sow to get a bit of grass, which one to take? Dicondra? that needs little maintenance, but at the same time of the sun? dwarf clover?

Can you give me some advice? Thank you


Answer: garden facing north

Dear Carmen,

There are mixtures of seeds for the lawn on the market, particularly suitable for grassy rugs in the shade, I recommend you buy this type of seed, for a thick and compact turf, even if not excessively sunny. If, however, you want a low-maintenance turf I recommend the dwarf clover, which develops in practice as a weed, it is a beautiful essence to be used to prepare a turf, but surely you have ideal results in the sun: in the shade it develops well only if it receives good brightness, even without direct sunlight. So I advise you to declare it only if your lawn is bright enough, if instead it is exposed to a dark and dark shade, give up the dichondra, which would tend to increase the internodes, becoming long and slightly high.

Before sowing the lawn, work the soil well, adding some manure, and also some sand if the soil they brought you tends to compact excessively; after working the soil, level it with the rake, and level it well, trying to eliminate bumps, bumps, depressions of all kinds: on a level ground the seeds tend to remain still, even in the event of heavy rains, and therefore you will avoid that the newly born turf already has bare areas and excessively dense areas.

Then spread the seed evenly, so as to cover all areas of the turf; if needed, mix the seed with light sand, in order to better visualize where the seeds have fallen. After sowing, pass the surface with a roller, in order to better adhere the seeds to the ground. Then water abundantly, using a very fine spray, so as not to move the seeds. The watering of the turf, especially the first, is fundamental to stimulate the correct development of the grass: if you water with a little water, it will spread in the first centimeters of depth of the soil, and will favor a very superficial development of the roots of the plants; if instead the watering is done every 3-4 days, but using large quantities of water, in order to wet the first 15-20 cm of depth of the soil, in the following days the already developed seedlings will tend to look for the water lengthening their roots down, teaching in the soil in the best way.

I remind you that the clover is a legume, that is, like beans and green beans, it lives in symbiosis with de bacteria, which fix the nitrogen present in the air in the ground; so this plant is perfectly capable of finding the nitrogen it needs, without you having to add it. For this reason, if after the turf is installed, you will supply nitrogen-rich fertilizer, this macroelement will not serve your clover, but any weeds; therefore the nanissimo clover is low maintenance also because it does not require nitrogen fertilizers.

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