Attract Pollinators With A Low-Maintenance Tapestry LawnPublished: 24/04/2023 | Updated: 07/09/2023
Tapestry lawns are the newest storm when it comes to landscaping and lawn maintenance. Chances are, you've already heard of them.
A lot of people are choosing to do over their landscape to plant a tapestry lawn instead of traditional lawns. Why? And what are exactly tapestry lawns that everyone is getting so obsessed with?
In this article, we have all the answers for you! Including why you should plant a tapestry lawn and how!
What is a Tapestry Lawn?
A tapestry lawn, also known as a meadow lawn, grass-free lawn, or patchwork lawn, is a type of lawn planting that has no grass, unlike traditional grass lawns, and instead replaces it with a mix of native plants and flowering plants.
The plants and flowers should be of varying heights, colors, thicknesses, and textures, hence the mosaic nature.
Why Should You Choose to Go the Tapestry Lawn Way?
Tapestry lawns are currently one of the best alternatives for the traditional lawn. And that's on multiple levels.
The turf technique of replacing your grass with flowers and a vibrant ground cover species helps you create a stunning lawn.
There is no comparison between a lawn brimming with colors and textures and plain old grass!
The most significant factor regarding maintenance that you'd immediately notice with a tapestry lawn is the sudden decrease in mowing.
With a traditional lawn, mowing is the key factor to keeping your lawn neat and tended to. With tapestry lawns, mowing is reduced up to two-thirds, taking a lot off your plate.
More Eco friendly
A matrix garden isn't a good alternative for the traditional lawn just because it's aesthetically pleasing, low maintenance, and doesn't require regular mowing, a tapestry lawn is also way better for the environment on multiple levels.
Tapestry lawns require less water and less feed. And the vibrant plants are also much better for the wildlife.
They attract pollinators, including very beneficial insects and the native plants offer more food to those pollinators from early spring to late fall.
And on the other hand, tapestry lawns are much more adaptable to your particular climate, requiring less interference from you.
How To Start Your Own Tapestry Lawn?
If you're already intrigued but don't know how you'd start your tapestry lawn, read on!
Prepare your Lawn
Before you start planting for the tapestry lawn, you first need to take care of your existing lawn and prepare it.
Remove existing grass by pulling it out, and the same for existing turf.
Prepare Your Soil
Once you've removed your grasses and turf, make sure your soil is ready by testing it. Make sure it's balanced and not too acidic or otherwise for your choice of plants.
Choose Your Plant Species
There is no one guideline for your choice of plant species. You'll choose your plants based on personal preference, soil, and climate. Native plant species are the best way to go, to ensure your tapestry lawn does well on its own.
But you could also start with the most popular ground cover plants for tapestry lawns. Those include creeping thyme and white clover.
Other lovely choices are Roman chamomile, favored for its aromatic leaves, and creeping jenny, which can create stunning ground cover foliage.
Once you've made your choices, start applying the seeds and water the lawn lightly to keep the soil moist.
You should do that in early spring or fall to give them a chance to establish themselves before the colder weather of winter or the hotter weather of summer.
How to Maintain a Tapestry Lawn?
During its early period, you should water your yard twice a day, each time ranging between 15 and 29 minutes.
Mowing won't be a problem. There is only occasional mowing and sometimes reaching only three or four times a year.
As for feeding, you can fertilize your flowers and plants once a year.
Weeds can appear and the best approach is to pull them out by hand whenever they do.
More Tapestry Lawn Tips
To avoid a bare-looking lawn during winter, choose evergreen plants.
Use a wide variety of species if you have the space for it. A minimum of twelve is great, to get a more aesthetical variety of plants and to make sure it's fine if some die out. This would also prevent one species from becoming dominant.
A tapestry lawn might feel unusual and a little chaotic to homeowners who always have traditional lawns, but it deserves good consideration because of the aesthetical and ecological benefits it offers.
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