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Question: garden

Shady garden in winter, what mixture of essences for Prato?

Answer: garden

Dear Noris,
in every nursery and do-it-yourself shop you can find a mixture of seeds for lawns, specific for lawns planted in shady areas; typically they are ground cover plants of species very similar to those sown in full sun, but chosen in varieties that are particularly suited to life in the shade, and to greater humidity. Typically the seeds for shade are a mixture of lolium perenne, poa pratensis and festuca rubra; agrostis tenuis is also rarely used, but not because it is less valid as a shadow seed, but rather because it is a seed a little more expensive than the previous ones. The mere choice of a suitable seed for a shaded carpet does not guarantee the success of the turf itself, as there are also other characteristics of the soil that influence the development of the lawn, in addition to the amount of sunlight. First of all it depends on what kind of shade it is: the lands positioned to the north, shaded by the house or by other structures, tend to be cooler and more humid, because the presence of little sunlight causes a greater persistence of the rainwater (and irrigation) on the ground. Clear that if you live in Sardinia, in a little rainy area, your turf in the shade will hardly stay wet for a long time; while if you live in Trentino it is more likely that in the soil of your lawn in the shade there are big problems due to water. Plants of turf mixtures enjoy a fairly humid climate, and tend to develop better if grown with regular irrigation and high humidity. But high humidity does not also mean heavy and compact soil, with strong water stagnation; if your shaded soil also has a poorly draining structure, characterized by strong water stagnation, you will need to lighten it with pumice stone or sand before sowing, and if necessary you will also need to ensure proper drainage. Otherwise your lawn is destined to present patches, which will be occupied by mosses. If instead your lawn is in the shade because it is positioned under pines, consider that it is a very dry shadow, because the pines develop a large shallow root system, which removes water from the turf; and in addition to this the blanket provided by the pine needles prevents much of the rain water from falling back to the ground; therefore a turf in the shade of the pines will be watered with great regularity.


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