Long before the appearance of the famous English lawns and green French lawns, the Moorish lawn was an integral part of the palace garden in the Middle East and North Africa. The Muslim invasion of southern Europe left an indelible imprint on the local culture. The features of the Arab traditions to this day are visible in architecture, cooking, way of life and gardening.
Green lawns with neatly trimmed grass – it’s not uncommon on the backyards. Such coatings are durable and decorative. But many owners of such lawns or those who only think about the arrangement of their own plot, believe that the obligatory haircut is tiresome. Not less than a few skeptics it seems that the solid green on a vast territory is boring.
Is there an alternative to green grass? There is! Both groups of opponents of the classic English lawn can pay attention to the Moorish lawn.
This is one of a kind grass cover, which can not be called boring or monotonous, and the vegetation will have to be cut no more than twice a season.
The love of the Moors for bright colors and sweet aromas was reflected in their preferences for the splitting of the gardens. As you can see in the photo, the Moorish lawn is a semblance of a wonderfully flowering meadow, transferred to a palace park or to a modest country house.
Pros and cons of the Moorish lawn
For many years, lawns on which not only cereals grow freely, but also ornamental plants have been almost forgotten. Only a few years ago interest in them began to return swiftly.
Today, parts of the Moorish lawn can be found in the world’s largest public gardens. And the reason for the growing popularity is the weight of the advantages of this choice.
- does not require frequent and rather tiring haircuts;
- does not need constant attention;
- is content with minimal care;
- can grow on nutrient-poor soils;
- easier to renew;
- differs variability, since the flowering of some crops is replaced by others and continues from early spring until late autumn.
The moorish lawn is mown twice. The first haircut was in the early spring, when the grasses had already gone into growth, and perennial and annual flowers had not yet woken up. The second falls on autumn, after the seeds of flowering plants are shed. In the rest, the care is little different from what is obtained by the classic, green grass coating.
But with so many advantages of the Mauritanian lawn, there are a few peculiarities to its disadvantages:
- It is not recommended to break it on a large territory, otherwise the labor intensity of care sharply increases, and the fact that the plants are moved is much more difficult to track.
- It is extremely important to select the right composition of the Moorish lawn, especially the flowering plants. If you make a mistake, you will not be able to create the effect of continuous flowering, or the cultures that have blossomed in the first year will completely disappear from the lawn in the next season.
- It is necessary to ensure a smooth sowing of both cereals and ornamental crops. To do this, the seeds are mixed not only with each other, but also with sand.
If you carefully approach the implementation of these items, the Moorish lawn will become a beautiful and durable ornament of the site.
Composition of the Moorish lawn
Whatever the name of the lawn, but its basis is always unpretentious perennial cereals. In the Russian conditions,
- meadow bluegrass;
- separate varieties of bent;
- ryegrass pasture.
The mixture of seeds of these plants prevails in the composition of the Mauritanian lawn and can reach up to 80-95% of the total volume. That is, for decorative perennials or annuals remains about 5-15%. More is not required, otherwise the plantings will be thickened, and the proper effect will not be achieved from the site.
For sowing more often use low and unpretentious plants that are not afraid of neighborhood with other cultures, have long flowering periods and easily tolerate winter. When selecting annual plants pay attention to their independent sifting and the ability to rise together.
To such plants in structure of the Mauritanian lawn it is possible to carry:
- field cornflowers, which are now offered not only the traditional blue color, but also white, pink, lilac shades;
- short stature of cosmea, which itself dissipates in autumn, and the next year it springs up harmoniously;
- large-flowered flax;
- and many other cultures.
Among the perennials on the Moorish lawn, as in the photo, you can see:
- all kinds of chamomile from meadow nivian to multicolored pyrethrum;
- echinacea of white and pink color;
- eastern poppy;
- lupines of all kinds and colors;
- lavender narrow-leaved;
- a snake-head;
- undersized varieties of delphinium;
The choice of plants for the Mauritanian lawn is very large, so this garden decoration will absolutely surely be unique and unrepeatable.
And that the lawn near the house already from early spring pleased the look, on the lawn plant unpretentious, well wintering bulbous plants. To such cultures can be considered: muscari, traditional tulips and daffodils, bird-eaters and crocuses. Very attractive among such herbs are decorative types of onions.