It is important to distinguish between a grass garden and a grassland garden. Grass gardens are planted up purely with grasses.
Grassland gardens, on the other hand, include indigenous veld grasses, wildflowers, bulbs, Aloes etc., and non-living elements (wood, stone and often, water).
They are full of life, with a multitude of creatures visiting and living in them. Selecting indigenous plants suitable for grasslands and meadows will result in good biodiversity (plant, animal and micro-organism).
Here are 10 steps to create a wild grassland:
Note: Once a year, (mid-May to Mid-July, but no later), cut the grasses right down (5cm of grass left) and then rake up the thatch and remove it. If needed, you can re-mulch.
This is to simulate the clearance of old grass by fire and grazing, and the extra light and space afforded the bulbs, flowering plants and herbs will encourage them to flower and put on new growth.
As the grasses produce new leaves in spring, the cycle starts again.
You do not need to re-compost or fertilise an established, wisely planted indigenous grassland, as it will recycle its own nutrients.
Some more images from our grassland concept:
Grasslands are thought to be one of the most ancient vegetation types in the world. African grasslands once covered as much as 60 % of the continent.
Grasslands support up to 81 species of plants per 1 000 m2. Of every six plants found in unspoilt South African grasslands only one is a grass.
Of the 40 bird species endemic to South Africa, a staggering 21 are found in the grassland biome, and 12 of these are endemic to this biome.
I would like someone to contact me about coming to give me a quote to convert approximately 60m2 into a grassland similar to your home page photo
Trackback from Random Harvest NewsAfter 25 years of restoring a section of disturbed grassland at Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery, I am so excited that Prof. Braam van Wyk will be leading a walk through this beloved part of my farm in October.
I have been fascinated and delighted... ...
What great reward reaped with comparatively little effort. Thanks for the 10 tips. Always enjoy the news letters and have learnt such a lot.
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