Care for Garden: Soil and Lawn Grass Alongside Flowers

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Key to a good garden is maintenance --weeding and watering and applying fertilizer. However, the vital aspects of a garden are flowers and lawns. Trees go with the house and determine the amount of shade or sun that your flowers will receive. Search for the right grass for your lawns is vital since they vary according to the weather and locality. For choosing the right flower, the choice is very simple – perennials.

Search for the right lawn grass

All flesh is grass I Peter 1:24
Lawns are a delight to gardeners and landscape artists. Garden plants include vegetables, fruits and a variety of ornamental plants. Grass does not find favor with too many gardeners primarily because they tend to deplete the soil and overrun the edges onto flowerbeds. Here in this review about garden plants and lawns, we are going to see what different arrangements and varieties of grass are possible for garden lawns and why they are so much in demand for landscaping. We will also see in this review, which garden flowering plants are preferred and why.

Different kinds of lawns and lawn grasses

Lawns can be seen as continuous spread lawns and patch lawns. Patch lawns may have geometric shapes like triangles, circles or rectangles. They may be a long strip placed along a fence or flower patch or small tufts grown in a tiled fashion.

Lawn grass is usually chosen according to climate of the region. Make review of various kinds available before choosing one variety for your garden.

a) Bermuda: Rugged variety of grass that requires very low maintenance and withstands high traffic without damage. Like most grass varieties, they have good survival rate in places where temperature is high.

b) Kentucky bluegrass: This variety of grass is rhizomatic. It spreads by growing roots (rhizomes) underground. For this reason, Kentucky bluegrass sods are very tough. This is the reason for which they get rave reviews. Since other varieties of grass are bunch varieties, their sods are not so thick or strong.

c) Rough bluegrass: This grows well in shady cool areas of your garden. It needs a fair amount of moisture because its root system is very shallow. It is a fine bladed grass with a glossy under surface. It needs some amount of care and rich soil. Watering is light to moderate. It is not hardy in any sense and will shrivel up in heat or drought conditions. It also does not tolerate traffic.

d) Fine fescues: Fine fescues cannot stand high traffic though they have excellent drought resistance properties. They grow in bunches and have a growing period of 20 – 45 days. They have better drought resistance than Kentucky or ryegrass and require minimal nitrogen fertilizer (about 1 kg per 1000 sq. ft.). They have fine leaves.

e) Zoysiagrass: This drought resistant variety requires minimum watering and maintenance. Its rhizomatic nature helps it grow in dense sods with leaves that are fine to coarse. They can grow in warm climates well. Soil must be well drained. It grows well in shade and sunlight.

f) Buffalograss: Buffalograss is hardy variety that tolerates both heat and cold climates equally well. Though they top reviews for climate tolerance, they have one defect. Though they grow well in moist soils, or coarse soils having a mixture of peat or organic manure, they will not tolerate sandy soils, since soils must be well drained. They are drought resistant and require only occasional deep soaking. It does not grow well in shade. It requires morning sunshine preferably for 6 –7 hours every day. Their leaves are fine and it spreads through stolons or runners. It spreads very fast but do not invade neighboring flowerbeds.

g) Centipedegrass: This is an oriental variety of grass found in China and Southeast Asia. It gets its name from two factors. One, it is slow growing and ‘creeps’. Second it has short upward growing stems that make it look like an insect. It grows well in poor soil having little fertility. It survives cold and does not require maintenance. It spreads through stolons. The height of the grass is very less. There may be problems with insects and pests. It grows well in full sun.

Perennial flowers for your garden

Next thing you need for your wonderful kitchen or home garden is flowers. The first choice for most gardeners would be perennials. These flowers grow all year round and need little care. They provide the color for your gardens along with providing the correct aesthetic appeal. They help in pollination that is so essential for fruiting.

Best perennial flowers

1) Alstromeria – Peruvian Lily
This grows up 2 -3 feet in height. The flower is long lasting in bouquets and comes in yellow or orange colors. However, the flowering plant does not stand hot soil.

2) Aster x Frikartii
This popular perennial has delicate looking flowers on tough stalks. You must take care to remove dead flowers to keep them blooming. It needs particular soil that is well drained. The plant grows up to 2 feet in height. The flowers are 2 ½” in size and lavender blue in color. It flowers all year round.

3) Gloriosa daisy
Gloriosa daisy has chocolate center with golden petals. The size of flowers is 2” - 4” across. The plants grow 3 -4’ tall about 1 ½’ in width. Shorter varieties such as ‘Goldilocks’ and ‘Toto’ are 10” tall.

4) Forget-me-nots
Tiny exquisite blue flowers in light shade and mild climates. There are many species in this genus and in general they have flat 5-lobed flowers that are pink, blue or white in color. The size of the flowers is about 1 cm. They like moist habitats. They grow well in both shade and sun.

5) ‘Moonshine’ yarrow
Gardeners in hot and arid zones prefer Achillea Moonshine otherwise known as Moonshine yarrow. The flower is bright yellow ideal for borders providing bright spots in your garden. It requires little care and grows in all kinds of soils. Watering needed is moderate. Flowers bloom right through summer and through to mid fall. It grows to a height of 1½’ – 2’. It is ideal for pollination since it attracts butterflies.

6) Purple Coneflower: This choice among numerous varieties of coneflower is obvious to the more experienced gardener. The reddish to purple flowers grow on bushy plants is ideal for making bouquets. They also make wonderful dried flowers. The petals sit around a button center.

7) Japanese Painted Fern
This hardy fern is very popular because of its hardy nature. It has grey to green fronds that grow well in the shade.

Care for your garden

This begins with weeding and lasts all year round to watering and applying manure and fertilizers. Choosing your flowers and grass should be a snip since you are now equipped with some more choices for your kitchen garden. Preparing the garden soil is important since it will keep the lawn or flower plants blooming and healthy. For this you must dig up the top layer of the soil and preferably replace it with nutrient rich soil that you can buy from a nursery. It should smell earthy and fresh. It should be free of weeds of course. Taking care of garden soil also involves care for its nutritive content. Apply fertilizers (as recommended by your local store selling them) regularly. Lawn grass and perennial flowers are a glorious combination for any kitchen garden. Become an expert gardener overnight and create an masterpiece in your backyard.

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Bachelor, Christian, 53, settled in Madurai, India, like to watch football and tennis on TV. I also have occasional walks but try to read the Bible daily. For amusement, I read the newspaper.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Informative article. We are going to need plants that can survive droughts in the future.

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author avatar snerfu
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Ms Moore and there are some cactus varieties that can do with little or no water.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Our acreage home had a large front lawn, what a waste of space, we are trying to let nature reclaim some of that.

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author avatar snerfu
27th Aug 2014 (#)

If the soil has good nutritive value, that is plants grow readily, then you could try to plant some vegetables or flowers.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Aug 2014 (#)

Very good and most helpful snerfu...this fall I am working on the grass of my lawn...there is a lot of moss amongst it- and I leave it-just because I like it...but the patchiness of the grass needs a lot of my attention...as for my garden, right now the corn flowers are tall and magnificent...great page snerfu many thanks...:0)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Aug 2014 (#)

0pps -coneflowers not cornflowers-LOL

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author avatar snerfu
27th Aug 2014 (#)

Flitting among the flowers again Ms Powers? Caryopteris (blue mist flower), goldenrod, chrysanthemum and sedum are wonderful fall flowers (I just looked them up).But I love the grass.

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Aug 2014 (#)

Great Informative Article and well articulated!

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author avatar snerfu
29th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks for the pat Ptrikha. It keeps me going.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Aug 2014 (#)

Good information and nice tips, Snerfu - gardening is my wife's portfolio! siva

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author avatar snerfu
1st Sep 2014 (#)

Hi Siva, how are doing? Hope everything is fine. Glad you like gardens Malaysia sure has plenty of them.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Sep 2014 (#)

this is lovely and very useful too...I am a gardener so do appreciate your knowledge here very much...

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author avatar snerfu
1st Sep 2014 (#)

Hello cnwriter, hope your garden flourishes

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