Here we installed a “Jute” Membrane. This was made of a plant which is very tough and provides a natural method of stabilising the bank. We have seeded the bank with a range of naturally occurring indigenous grasses which will grow through the membrane and provide a low maintenance but pleasing cover which will need strimming off only once a year.
Whether it is a small ornamental lawn or a much larger project, the key is to have a look and evaluate the topsoil levels, type and condition. Often we are working with builders or landscapers and it is important to make sure that any indigenous topsoil that is on site is put to one side so that it is not lost by being mixed in and that it remains in good condition and not structurally damaged. Builders are often trained to “compact” materials which is good for building but not for lawns.
We get asked to look at lawns that have tussocky patches in them and are no longer meeting the client’s needs. This is often due to the ingress of coarse wild grasses (such as cocksfoot and soft brome).
The seed has usually been brought in by birds or the wind over time. These indigenous weed grasses are often more vigorous than the amenity grasses used for high quality lawns and so they grow faster and create the tussocky patches.
Now that Spring is creeping up on us, we have to consider how we go about mowing our lawn! Mistakes are often made on cut height and timing which can cause stress to the lawn and detract from it’s health and appearance.
I tend to think of a lawn not as a single “entity” but more of a large flower bed full of “grass plants”. We have to remember that these plants were not designed to be “cut” – they are on this planet for only two reasons: to flower and produce seed in an attempt to reproduce.