A meadow lawn can be made in a yard of any size
One of the ways of forming a green ground cover in the garden is a classic lawn. Another option is an informal lawn enriched with early meadow species.
Formation of a meadow lawn in home conditions
Clean the land in the garden beforehand, chop and level the gravel, treat all unevenness with a shovel, that is, prepare the land as for sowing any species. Then sprinkle hay (from dried nearby meadows) on the landscaped land several times from spring to autumn. Dried grass or hay contains all the flower species that you normally want to plant in the yard. Be sure to spread the dried grass with a rake or a similar tool, but only when it’s not a windy day. The surface should then be kept moist so that the wind does not scatter the seeds before the seeds germinate.
People are normally used to grow lawns by cultivating several grasses
These are types of grass that are normally cut low, and thus we miss the beauty and scents of many plants that grow spontaneously in meadows and pastures. These types of plants do not need to be re-sown because otherwise they grow every spring and decorate the garden panorama. Most of the meadow plants are from the grass family, although many broad-leaved species (dicotyledons) grow in the meadows, with beautiful and some fragrant flowers. Spreading seeds, rhizomes or bulbs will spontaneously form groups or grow individually depending on the species. Nevertheless, these plant species together provide an attractive sight.
Meadow plants have undeniable beauty and medicinal properties
Due to their significant medicinal properties, meadow plants are regularly used in folk and alternative medicine. Classic lawns (which are normally cut low) are inhospitable to butterflies, pollinating insects and birds. Meadow lawns, on the other hand, attract these animal species to the garden. People who like a classic low-cut lawn composed of one or several types of grass can devote only a part of the garden to growing a lawn (formed from the largest possible number of meadow species that grow wild in your environment). I can also design flower beds where the lawn grows spontaneously, in contrast to the traditional, smooth and uniform lawn. These people only need to collect the seeds of the meadow plants that they want to sow in the flower beds.
Each plant needs certain soil and climatic conditions
Some beautiful meadow species are represented only on Slatina lands (Slatina flower-Limonium gmelinii, Salsola sp, Salicornia europaea, Suaeda maritima, etc.). Other plants are representatives of wet meadows (Chouardia litardierei, Allium telmatum, Teucrium scardium, Vite agnus-castus, Gentiana pneumonanthe, etc.). Some plants grow only in mountain pastures, while others are plants for lowlands. However, some attractive meadow plants are cosmopolitan species that can be seen in various habitats and large expanses.
For a domestic meadow lawn, it is best to take plants from the immediate environment
These species are well adapted to environmental conditions, so they are resistant to temperature and soil conditions in the garden. Walking in nature in the forests and meadows of continental Europe you will easily find the “bulka” type (with tiny black seeds enclosed in dried pods), the seeds of the yellow star are in small pods, and the dandelion has distinctive seeds with appendages for wind dispersal. Comfrey plant is current from May to July, midsummer flowers in July and late summer is Aster, mint, clover, etc. Various species grow wild in various habitats (plains, hilly or mountainous areas). These plants bear fruit at a certain time, so it is necessary to collect seeds of the desired species throughout the season.
It is a mistake to save the seeds of wild meadow plants for sowing in the spring because even in nature the seeds almost always fall to the ground soon after ripening.
That’s why the seeds should be sprinkled on the ground immediately after collection (that is, on the area designated for the meadow lawn).
The seeds of some species will germinate immediately after rain during early autumn, while others will germinate during spring (because they need a long period of winter cold or vernalization to germinate)
The method of using the meadow lawn will also mark the survival of certain sown species. Pasture plants manage to survive despite frequent trampling and grazing, while some species are sensitive to such damage. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale F.H. Wigg), for example, blooms from April to October, thus decorating natural lawns. There are no special requirements for the soil, but the dandelion likes wet meadows the most. The Aster plant (botanical name Lotus corniculatus L.) has yellow and beautiful flowers. This perennial herbaceous plant is from the leguminous family (Fabaceae) and has 10 to 20 seeds in a pod.