Spring mowing to reduce grass vigour

Fertile soils tend to produce surplus competitive grass growth at the expense of wild flowers.  One way to reduce this effect is to cut and remove the first spring flush of surplus grass growth.

In our Norfolk meadows there are some more fertile sections where the lush flush of grass growth could threaten to overwhelm Yellow rattle and other herbs.

Fortunately there is just time for one last spring cut to tame this vigour.

Easter mowing

A 70mm high cut is just high enough to miss the majority of the young yellow rattle plants pushing up through the grass (they can recover from minor mowing or grazing damage at this time of year).

easter mowing 2

We were able to reduce the first flush of grass in our meadow by a half. Low growing areas and areas with cowslips were left uncut.

The end of April is the deadline for closing established meadows to any further late spring grazing or mowing. Sit back and enjoy the unfolding sequence of flowers that will follow over the coming months: the reward for all the effort invested.

 

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Posted on 16 April 2019,
Category: Advice