We have recently bought a new home in the south west highlands. There is an area of around 600 square metres which we would like to lay to low maintenance flowering 'grass' and plant small trees. The idea is to brushcut once or twice a year. We don't want it to look unkempt or grow too long in between cuts but equally well we want it to look natural and attract insects. This is a fairly exposed site. The soil is good, well drained and slightly acidic. Can you recommend a good quality grass seed mix which is not too expensive that would work for us?
Find a seed source close to you. It will have adapted to grow well in your area. In the US, native plant nurseries sell bulk, low maintenance seed. I believe it is mostly tall fescue. Brand names are Eco-Lawn or Eco-Grass.
(https://www.prairiemoon.com/eco-grass-low-maintenance-lawn-alternative.html). Other popular alternatives to grass are sedges, heaths and heathers. The last 2 need acidic soil.
I just read this article: Does Freezing Kill Seeds – Information On Using Seeds That Are Frozen Seeds By: Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer I was curious if this is true for hay seeds. Will this method work to save them for a year? Thanks so much for your help!! Robin
This will not be a suitable method for saving grass seeds. These will require low temperatures, but not below freezing. The refrigerator will be perfect for storage of grass seeds.
My pennisetum skyrocket planted last year has died, it is like straw, I planted three all are the same, like straw
What is your usda zone? Also, when did you prune these? This should be pruned after it starts to show new growth for the spring. Pruning too early can cause this also. This article will guide you on proper care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/fountain-grass/tips-for-care-of-fountain-grass.htm
We are in central Texas, planted a St. Augustine lawn by sod early this year but it's performing poorly in spots all over, as well as in the shadier area. We had a good stand of St. Augustine for a few years but it got drowned last year, it's been another wet spring and even the new lawn doesn't seem to like the very heavy rain. I was wondering if inserted Zoysia sprigs in the poor spots and in the shady areas, if it would grow together well. I realize the blades look different -our main interest is generally soil erosion and an overall look of a green lawn. The winter temps can get into the 20s but usually not for long periods and often stays around the freezing mark. It can get well into the 90s during the summer and we can have periods of drought but we do have the ability to water if needed.
I would suggest checking with your County Extension Office. They should be able to suggest the best seed or plugs to use given the current weather trends and conditions in your region.
Here are some links for you.
I want my grass to be as dark green as possible. I use fertilizer
I have listed a link for Kentucky Bluegrass specific to your growing zone.
I would also suggest talking with your County Extension Office and see if they have a suggestion of variety that will give you the darkest green lawn for your specific region. They can help with soil testing if you should also need it.
What plants thrive on sunny slopes? I have a 30x120 slope in my front yard and am interested in plants that will offer color at different times of the year. This slope levels out where I will plant grass and some maples and then slopes down to the road about 12' so I will have to plant that as well. I live in central New England Thanks
These links will help you.
If not, what might you recommend for a low maintenance, drought resistant lawn seed at this elevation in the Colorado Mountains?
Your best bet is to go with plants that are native to your region. Here is information, including plant lists, from the Colorado Native Plant Society: https://conps.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Low-Water-Native-Plants-for-CO-Gardens-Mountains.pdf