Moorish lawn: how to make a “flower carpet” on your site

In North Africa and Spain in the 7th-8th centuries the Moors and Arabs formed their own states, whose rulers erected magnificent palaces. The parks and gardens around them combined elements of cultures of different nations. It is believed that the efforts of the Slavs, who entered Spain through Constantinople from the Crimea, and in the 12th century were widely represented in the military class, created a Moorish lawn. Therefore, it looks like a flowering field meadow of Russia. Greenery with the inclusion of motley herbs, consisting of simple wildflowers, was sweet to the heart of the Slavs who missed their homeland.

Moorish lawns have recently become fashionable again

Today, the Moorish meadow, a little forgotten over the past years, is again at the peak of popularity. They began to use it more often in landscape design. And we have the opportunity to admire and enjoy its natural beauty.

Which plants are best suited for a flower lawn?

The composition of the mixture, which is used to create the Moorish lawn, includes wildflowers and cereal grass seeds. In order for the flowering lawn to please from spring to autumn, plants of different flowering periods should be combined. The choice of specific colors may be limited only by the personal preferences of the garden owners.

The composition of the mixture to create a Moorish meadow includes seeds of cereal herbs and various flowers

The composition of the Moorish lawn more often than other colors include:

Eastern poppy. Bright red and moderately large flowers of oriental poppy invariably attract attention. This is a perennial plant that blooms during the last 2 weeks of May. Boxes of poppy seeds contain seeds and provide self-seeding.

Bright poppy - a real decoration of the meadow in the Moorish style

Field cornflower. The dazzling blue inflorescences of this plant are familiar and loved by us since childhood. Cornflowers bloom from the end of June and lasts until the end of August. Both annual and perennial types of cornflowers can be found. The plant can be easily renewed with seeds.

From childhood, a familiar and beloved field cornflower conjures nostalgic thoughts about his native country

Meadow chamomile. This plant is a traditional perennial, without which the Russian meadow looks unfinished. Chamomile looks great with bells and cornflowers. The height of the daisy is up to 90 cm, so a group planting is especially attractive. Chamomile flowering begins in March, April, and can continue until October.

Meadow daisy - a perennial traditional for Russia

Echinacea. The medicinal plant Echinacea is perennial and looks great with a group planting. Echinacea, even in cut form, retains an attractive appearance for a long time and is a real decoration of the interior. Echinacea inflorescences can have a pale pink color, reaching rich red. Echinacea flowering can begin in May-June. A flower can cause allergic reactions.

Echinacea is customary to use in a group landing

Large-flowered flax. The fact that this plant is an annual cannot diminish its beauty. Flax is often used to make bouquets. A plant can be not only sky blue, but also red and even white-red. Inflorescences reach up to 3 centimeters in diameter.

Flax can be not only a gentle heavenly color, but also purple, and even white with a red core

Nemesia. The genus of this plant unites more than 50 species of annual and perennial plants. Bright, festive, unpretentious nemesia blooms from the very beginning of summer until late autumn. Loving light and resistant to cold, nemesia adorns the lawn with yellow, white, red and even purple flowers.

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Photophilous and cold-resistant nemesia blooms all summer and until late autumn

Bulbous plants combine perfectly in the Moorish lawn with other flowers and herbs.

Most of the flowers that make up the Moorish lawn are honey plants. Bright and fragrant inflorescences attract not only butterflies, but also bees. One must be prepared for this. The composition of lawn flowers can also include bulbous species that bloom together in the spring. Crocuses, tulips and daffodils go well with cereal grasses.

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Among the grasses themselves, preference can be given to meadow bluegrass, thin woodland, timothy meadow and pasture ryegrass. The ratio of herbs to flowers should be in favor of cereals. You can stop at a ratio of 80:20, but sometimes limited to 95: 5. It must be remembered that the proportions of annual and perennial plants must be adjusted in time.

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Stages of creating a flower garden – lawn in a garden plot

Creating a Moorish lawn with your own hands is not so difficult. For this, you do not need a lot of money and overwork. The Moorish lawn is bright and variegated. Perhaps that is why it is not worth it to occupy large spaces. It looks great in a small area, like a clearing, flooded with sunlight. It can be a gap between trees, a plot contrasting with a regular lawn, or a space along the border of the territory.

A Moorish meadow does not need much space: along the fence, or between trees, it will look good

Soil preparation

After the area under the lawn has been determined, it must be freed from weeds and thoroughly dug. It is better to do it in the fall. Digging should be done 15-25 centimeters in depth.

In the same period, it is better to fertilize. The soil surface is covered with manure by five centimeters, after which it is dug up to 30-40 cm. The soil can be crushed or even rolled away using a cylindrical container filled with water for this purpose.

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Sowing seeds and planting bulbs

Sowing seeds can be done after two weeks after soil preparation, but it is better to do this in the spring. In the period from April to June, depending on the climatic conditions of the area, we proceed to work.

Seeds should be introduced into moist soil, with manual sowing, the rate should be increased by 10%

For planting a lawn, you can take ready-made mixtures, which are often sold in stores. You can make the right mixture yourself by buying separately the seeds of cereal herbs and flowers. Mixing of seeds is allowed, then the lawn will look more or less evenly colored. If you first sow cereals, and then flowering plants, then the flowers form a kind of islands, which also looks attractive.

Before planting seeds, the soil must be watered. In moderately moistened soil, the seeds are deepened by 3-5 mm. A square meter of land for sowing requires at least 50 grams of seeds or 5 kg per hundred square meters. If bulbous plants are supposed to be planted, then priority should be given to large plants in the priority of planting, and small ones should be placed in groups of about a dozen or a little more. It is onionic that can be filled with empty spaces after annuals.

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To shoots were friendly and uniform, the soil can be covered with non-woven material. The first sprouts can be expected in a week or two.

Features of Moorish Lawn Care

Despite the naturalness of the Moorish lawn, care is needed. It also needs to be watered on time and not allowed to weed on it. Particular attention should be paid to the timely mowing of the meadow.

The first mowing of the lawn is carried out when seedlings of cereals appear, while the flowers have not yet sprouted

While the lawn has not yet settled, clear mowing rules should apply to it. When the cereals have already sprouted, and the flowers have not yet appeared, the first lawn mowing should take place. This is done so that the grass does not drown out the growth of flowers. They must come into force. All summer, the lawn will grow and bloom in the same way as its natural counterparts. But with the onset of autumn, when seeding occurred, the lawn again needs to be cut. This happens around September-October. From the surface of the soil, the cutting height should not be lower than 8 cm and higher than 12.

A slight untidiness gives the meadow a special charm

In subsequent years, mowing periods are determined by the owner of the meadow. The principle is the same: you need to give plants the opportunity to shed seeds before they are mowed. He must maintain a resemblance to a natural lawn, and a little untidy, if it looks natural, never wants to destroy.


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