The trend and imperative are in implementing a policy of renewal and dynamism in your grassy lawn. One way could be to dress the lawn with small gentle flowers and large wildflowers together, or to create lawns with ground cover grasses where in the past there was no solution due to lack of light or poor soil quality.First of all when you prepare yourself to create your own lawn, you will have to prepare yourself to prepare the soil and then work the land. The ideal period is that of autumn as the earth worked and exposed to winter frost is ready to be placed to accommodate the sowing. With the back of the spade it shatters the remaining clods well and roughly equalizes the surface. At this point with the rake it shatters the last clods and levels the surface, after this phase you can spread the seeds of your lawn.For sowing, I suggest you to choose grasses suitable for the type of soil, climate and exposure. On the market you can find different types of seeds, suited to your every need in order to make your lawn special and beautiful.If you intend to use the lawn as a vegetable carpet for your garden, I suggest you to choose a mixture for walkable lawns or for sports fields, race-proof and children's games, so you can use the space dedicated to the lawn, even as a place to outdoor games or reception of guests, without the worry of ruining the plants.How to keep it beautiful
Very important thing is to fertilize, immediately after sowing, with a slow release fertilizer that facilitates the development and rooting of young seedlings. Proceed after six eight weeks, with the fertilizer, every three months until October, to keep the lawn robust and lush, trying to distribute the fertilizer evenly, so that all the tufts can take advantage of the same amount. Especially at spring recovery, favor the penetration of the fertilizer by raking the dry grass before the treatment and piercing the ground to aerate the roots.
Lawn mowing once a week from May to October. This operation will make the grass clumps more dense, preventing the onset of infestations, which in addition to damaging the small and young leaves would make your lawn extremely unpleasant to the eye. As for the watering, keep in mind to do them every two days, especially in the morning, in the coldest and most humid seasons, while being worried about doing them every day and in the evening in the summer period, a period in which the heat could cause the hold leaflets.
For a turf free of weeds, be scrupulous in shearing and fertilizing. When in fact the grass is healthy, vigorous, well stifled, it wins the competition with the weeds, which succumb. The eventual, sporadic presence of some large leaf seedlings you can remove it with a suitable tool, such as a small trowel.
Turf: Alternative grassy lawns
Herbs of various kinds ruin the uniformity of the turf. But this makes it a virtue of necessity and therefore you will be able to sow in the middle of your lawn different plants, such as marguerites, primroses, fragrant violets and also with this method you could hide here and there some bulb of crocus, scille, narcissi and muscari, to create effects even more modern, colorful and certainly contrasting the flat and aseptic effect of the typical grassy English lawn. In spring you will see a show of colors and fragrances, while in the other seasons the leaves, if well distributed among the grass, will be ornamental and will not suffer the trampling. If, on the other hand, your aim is to give a somewhat rustic tone typical of country gardens, in autumn distribute a few handfuls of poppy seeds, cornflower and daisies in the lawn, so you will notice that the untidy and natural air will be perfect from May to June. When the plants have dropped the ripe seeds you can normally shear the lawn that will return to flower spontaneously the following year. Mixtures with different percentages of both flowers are also already available on the market, without you having to make strange mixtures alone.
If your problem is to have areas of shade that prevent you from creating your beautiful grassy lawn, you can plant perennial ground cover weeds. You can try Ajuga Reptans, also present in the variegated leaves with cream or dark purple color, or with Garganica Campanulas, which also bloom between May and June. Alternatively you could use the Vinca Minore, if you are in a desperate situation, the lamio is unbeatable, softened by the light variegation of the leaves and the spring flowering.