Little Known Ways to Use Popular UK Grass Types in Your Gardens

March 14, 2018 - Comment

More than 38 percent of the United Kingdom is grassland. But, what types of grass prosper most in the region? And, how can you use this knowledge to help your garden flourish. Below, we will look at the most popular grass types along with how to use them. Meadow Grass There are two main types of meadow grass

More than 38 percent of the United Kingdom is grassland. But, what types of grass prosper most in the region? And, how can you use this knowledge to help your garden flourish. Below, we will look at the most popular grass types along with how to use them.

Meadow Grass

There are two main types of meadow grass that are popular in the UK: annual meadow grass and smooth-stalked meadow grass. Throughout the area, you will find Poa Anua (as the scientists call it) on bowling and golf greens. It is a favourite for turf that is cultivated and isn’t often found in seed mixtures. Annual meadow grass requires a fair amount of upkeep since it is especially sensitive to drought and doesn’t do well in soils low in phosphate or that are acidic.

Smooth-stalked meadow grass, or Poa Pratensis, is sometimes known as Kentucky bluegrass. The leaves are dark green and it produces hard wearing turf. Compared to other breeds of grass, it is slightly broader. It can also survive damage and droughts thanks to a massive root system. If you want your garden to be a place that is home for nature, smooth-stalked meadow grass is a smart option since it attracts a broad range of wildlife.

Red Fescue

Officially known as Festuca Rubra, the cool-season red fescue grass is perfect for shaded areas that are hard to maintain. Consequently, you often find this grass in the shade of a mountain, at resorts, and at campsites. Since it needs very little lawn mowing, irrigation, or fertilizer, it’s quite popular in shady, dry environments. For a good covering in sunny and shaded areas, consider pairing red fescue with smooth-stalked meadow grass.

A type of red fescue that is found in many lawn mixes is Festuca Rubra Litoralis, or slender creeping red fescue. The ideal balance it strikes between withstanding hard environmental and weather conditions and looking appealing make it a favourite among gardeners. It isn’t a top choice for moist soils, though it does thrive in well-drained soils and drought conditions.

Dwarf Ryegrass

Lolium perenne is known by a couple names, including turf ryegrass and dwarf ryegrass. This perennial ryegrass was bred specifically to produce more tiller and to have a short growth period. These traits allow it to produce a thicker lawn. The reddish or purple colouration at the plant’s base is what distinguish it from other species. Due to the fact that it establishes itself so quickly, dwarf ryegrass has become one of the most popular grass breeds for lawns in the last few decades. It does not do well in the shade, and it prefers moist soils.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention one other popular grass type: common bent. It is perennial, has lots of roots, and is found in diverse terrains, like pastures, rough ground, acidic grassland, meadows, and damp soils. This makes it an ideal option for nutrient-poor soil.

With knowledge of the grass types above and a little bit of planning, you will make your garden and lawn more pleasant and fruitful.


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