1. Galina ABOLINA, Moscow region

    A few years ago, friends bought a house with a small orchard. The first step was to tidy up the abandoned lawn, pretty overgrown with weeds. Behind the fence of the neighbors, the backyard area was covered with a dense emerald carpet - it turned out to be from the bent grass. The landlord explained that it was a short grass, growing rapidly and forming a dense turf with soft, pale green grass. The plant not only decorates the territory, but also has a positive effect on the state of the orchard (retains moisture in the soil, protects young roots of immature plants from overheating, softens the blow when ripe fruits fall). And in the end, the neighbor gave our friends the seeds of the field grass.
    It is best to sow them in late April or early September. Lawn maintenance is simple: in the spring, a thin layer of compost is poured onto the surface and embedded in the soil with a rake. And you can use granular or liquid mineral fertilizers with a predominance of nitrogen.

    In order to reduce the amount of dead wood in the spring, in October the bent grass is mowed low, leaving a height of only 4-5 cm. At the same time, there is no need to specially protect the plantings for the winter: this cereal is quite frost-resistant.


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