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Question: garden facing north


Hi, I have a small garden facing north and after having changed land (it was still the yard) I would like to sow to get a little lawn, which one to take? Dicondra? that needs little maintenance, but at the same time of the sun? dwarf clover?
Do you give me advice? Thanks

Answer: garden facing north


Dear Carmen,
in the market there are mixtures of seeds for the lawn, particularly suitable for the grassy shafts placed in the shade, I suggest you to buy this type of seeds, for a dense and compact turf, even if not excessively sunny. If you want a low maintenance turf, I recommend the very small clover, which develops in practice as a weed the dichondra is a beautiful essence to use to prepare a turf, but surely you have ideal results in the sun: in the shade it develops well only if it receives a good brightness, even without direct sunlight. So I recommend the dichondra only if your lawn is bright enough, if instead it is exposed to a dark and dark shadow, it renounces the dichondra, which would tend to increase the internodes, becoming long and slightly high.
Before sowing the lawn, work the soil well, adding manure, and even sand if the soil that you have brought tends to become too compact; after having worked the soil, level it with the rake, and level it well, trying to eliminate bumps, bumps, dips of any type: on a well-level ground the seeds tend to remain still, even in the case of heavy rains, and you will avoid that the newly born turf already presents bare areas and excessively thick areas.
Then spread the seed evenly, so as to cover all areas of the turf; if needed, mix the seed with light sand so you can better see where the seeds fell. After sowing the surface passes with a roller, so as to better adhere the seeds to the soil. Then water abundantly, using a very fine spray, so as not to move the seeds. The watering of the turf, especially the first ones, are fundamental to stimulate the correct development of the grass: if you water with a little water, it will spread in the first centimeters of depth of the soil, and will favor a very superficial development of the roots of the plants; if, on the other hand, the watering is done every 3-4 days, but using large amounts of water, in order to wet the first 15-20 cm of the soil depth, in the following days the already developed plants will tend to look for water lengthening their roots down, teaching in the ground in the best way.
I remind you that the clover is a legume, that is, like beans and green beans, it lives in symbiosis with de bacteria, which fix the nitrogen in the air in the ground; so this plant is perfectly capable of finding the nitrogen it needs, without you having to add it. For this reason, if after the turf has settled, you will provide nitrogen-rich fertilizer, this macroelement will not serve your clover, but any weeds; therefore the nanissimo clover is low maintenance also because it does not need nitrogen fertilizers.