Guiding to Sowing Lawns

It has been written that the lawn is the continuation of the living room carpet outside of the home. The decorative function is certainly important when choosing your lawn, but this is not the only factor to keep in mind. In fact there are numerous benefits to human health produced by a grassy surface, some of which are outlined below:
  1. Creation of oxygen
  2. Reduction of atmospheric dust
  3. Purification of rainwater
  4. Lowering of Summer temperature
  5. Noise reduction

And last but not least, the relaxing effect of the sight of a well-kept lawn.

Regarding the field of herbaceous lawn/meadow seeds, Florsilva has studied the formulas of the special “Florgreen”mixtures which use graminaceous and leguminous species to outline those that are best adapted for ornamental lawns (see PG Series), sports fields (see CS series), for soil protection (see SP series), for mountain pastures (see MP series) and for the grassing of orchards and vineyards (see MULCHING series).

Useful Tips for Sowing and Maintaining Lawns

Preliminary Operations

The evaluation of the chemical and physical characteristics of the soil will allow for the correction of deficiencies and defects such as poor drainage, excessive dryness and insufficient supply of nutrients and organic substances.

The choice of species or mixture of species which are most suited to the intended purposes.

The laying of any underground irrigation system below the working layer of soil.

Soil Preparation

It is important to carry out this work when the soil is tempered, i.e not too wet and not too dry so as not to alter its structure.

Start by manually or mechanically digging out a layer of roughly 30cm in depth. Simultaneously burying the necessary fertilisers and soil improvers.

Refine the soil, remove any debris and level it in order to obtain a flat and rough surface.

Sowing: Time of Year and Methods

In general, the best seasons for sowing mixtures and species such as Poa, Agrostis, Festuca and Lolium are Autumn and Spring while Gramigna and Dichondra must be sown in Spring-Summer.

A calm and windless day is preferable. Distribute the advised quantity of seeds in uniform parallel strips.

Increase the quantity of seeds used in the case of poorly prepared soil and towards the edges of the lawn where the wear is greater.

Cover the seed by pulling a rake across the lawn, always raking in the same direction.

Maintenance: Irrigation and Cutting

After sowing, keep the soil constantly moist to promote uniform germination. Use sprinklers with a light and well-sprayed jet to avoid compaction and washing out of the seed. Then adjust irrigation interventions as necessary.

The first cut is made when the grass is 10-12 cm tall. Lawns should be cut to 2cm in height, rustic ones may be cut to 3-4 cm. Reduce the frequency of cuts in periods of drought.

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