Long lawn grass

Tin potTin pot Posts: 871
Left a few sections of my lawn to grow long in spring which looked fine, but I’m wondering a few things;

1. Should I cut it back now, or find some way to support it through autumn?
2. Would I gain much from turfing/planting a different kind of grass to get a similar but better effect?
3. I don’t want a wildflower patch, but a scattering of poppies would be nice amongst the grass, is this achievable?

Cheers,

TP

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 17,561
    On Beechgrove, the younger chap was in charge of a lawn left to grow long to see which wildlfowers appeared.   He did it at home and at Beechgrove and it was a success but on the last episode, the long grass was cut back to 4" high and then left for a week before being raked up. 

    Info here - 
    https://www.beechgrove.co.uk/module_uploads/leaflets/Autumn%20Lawn%20Care.pdf  

    To get the annual red poppies, you have to have some disturbed soil in which any dormant poppy seeds are brought up to the surface and then germinate.   That's why they pop up in corn fields.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Tin potTin pot Posts: 871
    Thanks Obelixx, yes I saw that episode and took note but I think their main objective is wildflowers where mine is grass.

    Im thinking perhaps if staking with bamboo and twine until November, then cut and apply fertiliser.

    Perhaps I could create patches or use hidden pots for the poppies next year.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 26,002
    If you want a 'sea of grass' it might be better to grow cultivated species of grass - carex, pennisetums, stipa etc, and have a few perennial 'daisy' type plants in amongst it. A prairie style, in other words.
    Poppies need the care, or lack of it,  as Obelixx describes.
    Bpg standard grass alone won't really work IMO. If you do go along that route, you'd just have to leave it long over winter, unless you strim it. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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