Hi, I would like to plant a rustic lawn in my garden located on Etna at about 800 m a.s.l., and I would like to know what is best suited to the hot climate in summer and harsh with rare night snow in winter. I would also like to know if I can sow it now or if I have to wait until next spring. Thanks Marina
Dear Marina, thank you for writing your question in the "questions and answers" section of our website. Let's start the answers by giving you bad news: the end of June in Sicily is too hot a period to be able to sow a grassy lawn. The ideal period for sowing is from the first days of March to the end of May, always trying to do this when the soil is perfectly tempered or neither too dry nor too wet.
In our opinion, the most pleasant species to sow in a lawn are grasses because even if they require repeated mowing during the growing season, they also allow for a pleasant and beautiful lawn to look at. For an area 800 meters above sea level with a harsh climate in winter, always taking into account that it is the Mediterranean winter, several species could be fine. The very common Poa pratensis, which can be found in any nursery or garden center, is a grass that can do well and that is very easy to find on the market. Alternatively, there are many other species that are good for more rustic environments such as Phleum pratense, Festuca arudinacea and Dactylis glomerata.
Other species, such as dwarf clover, allow you to make fewer cuts and therefore have the great advantage of being less demanding and less difficult to manage. When sowing a species or 3-4 associated species, you must always remember to make the cuts, especially in mutton areas or with steep soils that are not really comfortable to mow. Mowing is important because it prevents the entry of difficult-to-manage weeds or grasses such as Cardus and other weeds.