Everything you need to know about unpretentious lawn grass
Arrangement of a neat and well-groomed lawn on a personal plot requires strict adherence to all the rules for growing lawn grass. But there are unpretentious varieties that grow well in any conditions and create a lush, emerald carpet without much attention from the gardener. It is to such species that the bent bent belongs. Due to its unpretentious “character”, bentwood is also called grass “for the lazy”.
Pole grass – description and characteristics of the plant
Pole grass is a perennial cereal crop that naturally occurs in some southern and eastern regions of Europe. The plant is distinguished by its ability to grow rapidly and form a thick and lush “carpet”. Pole grass as a lawn grass grows well both separately and as part of various herbal mixtures.
Description and features of the common bent grass:
- Pole grass refers to low-growing plants, the height of which does not exceed 13-15 cm.
- The root system consists of thin, small roots that penetrate 7-10 cm deep into the soil.
- Shoots of a creeping type, have multiple internodes, which ensure rapid rooting and growth of the grass.
- The leaf plates are thin and elongated, with a pointed tip. They form small and lush tufts of emerald green..
- During the flowering period, which begins in early or mid-July, small spikelets of 2-3 mm in size are revealed on the bent field. Depending on the type of plant, they can be light green or lilac-purple in color..
- After flowering, microscopic oval seeds are formed, their size does not exceed 1-2 mm.
One of the main features of the shoots bent grass is the ability to quickly root and grow new bushes. In a short period of time, the grass occupies the entire area where it was sown, creating a dense and lush cover.
Growing bent grass
Cultivation of bent grass as a lawn grass has become widespread among gardeners, owners of country cottages and landscape designers. This plant attracts attention not only by its spectacular appearance, but also by its unpretentiousness to the composition and quality of the soil, rapid growth even in the shade, excellent frost resistance and the ability to quickly recover.
Pole grass is grown as an independent lawn crop or as part of herbal mixtures. It goes well with red and meadow fescue, bent grass and perennial ryegrass..
Pole grass propagates by seeds. You can start sowing lawn grass both in the spring, in the second half of April, and in the fall, in early September. This time is best for seed rooting and active germination of seedlings..
The lawn grass is grown by seed. Do not sow bent grass seeds in dry, hot weather. In this case, they will take root for a long time and may not germinate..
Pole grass is an unpretentious plant that can grow on any soil. But for its full growth and spectacular appearance, you need to choose areas that meet several requirements:
- Good water permeability and the presence of drainage – the bent field does not tolerate stagnant moisture, which causes rotting of its delicate and sensitive root system.
- Fertile soil – black soil, loamy or sandy loam soil with increased or neutral acidity would be the best option for the bent grass.
- Sunlight – bent grass can be grown in partial shade, but with a lack of sunlight, its decorative qualities noticeably deteriorate.
For uniform germination of bent leaves, it is necessary to observe the rates of seed consumption during sowing. Thanks to this, you can get a good lawn density and avoid thickening of the plantings, since in this case the bentwood suffers from a lack of moisture, nutrients and sunlight. The optimal rate of seed consumption is 1-1.5 g per 1 sq. M..
Preparing the soil for planting
The preparation of the site for sowing the bent bent must be started 7-8 weeks before sowing. It consists of several stages:
- clean the area of last year’s debris, dry grass and fallen leaves;
- remove all weeds from the site – this can be done either manually or with the help of special preparations;
- dig up the area to the depth of the shovel bayonet, about 15-20 cm, breaking earth clods for looseness and softness;
- feed the soil with compost or humus, applying fertilizer at the same time as digging.
Finally, smooth the surface of the soil with a rake and lightly grind it with your feet, tamping.
Seed sowing scheme
It is necessary to start sowing the seeds of the sprouting bent in warm and calm weather, since they are very small and easily fly away.
In order for sowing to be more convenient and effective, lawn grass seeds can be mixed with sawdust in a ratio of 1:10, slightly moisten the resulting mixture and embedded in the soil. The embedment depth should not exceed 1 cm.
It is most convenient to plant the bent grass with a lawn seeder. This will help you maintain your seed consumption rate. After the completion of sowing work, the soil needs to be tamped a little and watered abundantly with clean water at room temperature.
Rules for caring for the field-borer
Planting and caring for Eurasian bent leaves does not take much time and effort, so this plant is suitable for growing by novice gardeners. But there are several maintenance rules that must be followed to maintain the decorative appeal of the lawn grass..
Timely watering is of primary importance for a well-groomed appearance and rapid growth of the bent field. The roots of the plant are located close to the surface of the earth. Therefore, in hot and dry weather, they dry out very quickly. As a result, the lawn grass loses its juiciness and attractiveness. She starts to turn yellow and may even die.
The main stages of caring for the field grass:
- The optimal frequency of watering depends on where the bent is grown. If the lawn is located on the sunny side, it should be moistened every day on summer days. When placing lawn grass in receipt, it is sufficient to water it every 4-5 days.
- It is advisable to water bent leaves early in the morning or in the evening – this will prevent evaporation of the liquid under the sun’s rays. It is better to use sprinklers to evenly wet the lawn. A watering can will not allow you to properly distribute moisture over the site..
- To maintain a well-groomed and neat appearance, lawn grass needs to be cut 2-4 times throughout the season..
- A year after sowing the seeds, it is advisable to fertilize the bent field for better growth and rooting. To do this, you can use special complex fertilizers designed for lawn grasses..
- The field bent tolerates winter frosts well, does not lose its decorative attractiveness and quickly recovers with the onset of spring. She does not need additional shelters for the winter, just cut the grass shortly.
Pole grass is an unpretentious and frost-resistant plant that is often used to decorate lawns in personal plots. It does not require painstaking care, undemanding to weather conditions. Due to its tendency to quickly take root and grow, it will decorate the garden with a dense and lush green “carpet”.