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With so many British moving to the warmer climate of the Mediterranean, we are often asked about gardening in these regions, especially in regards to lawns.
Mediterranean garden. Image: ©www.gardenworldimages.com
Gardening in another country and climate presents unfamiliar problems, and establishing a lawn is one of the many tasks requiring a different approach. The plants on this page are suited to a Mediterranean-type climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, dry winters.
Warm season grasses require an adjustment in expectations for the British gardener. The temperate and cool season grasses that we are familiar with in the UK remain green all winter, but turn brown during hot, dry summers. Warm season grasses, by contrast, remain green through hot summers, but turn brown in winter if the temperature falls below 10°C (50°F).
There are a couple of things the British gardener needs to come to terms with when establishing a lawn in a Mediterranean climate. These are a few considerations to take into account:
Lawn enthusiasts who are keen to select an ideal seed mix for their lawn should be aware that warm season lawns are best planted as a single species, rather than as a mix of species, as mixtures give a patchy effect rather than the smooth carpet desired.
Buchloe dactyloides (Buffalo grass)
Cynodon dactylon (Bermuda grass), C. transvaalenvis (African Bermuda grass), C. × magennai (Megennis Bermuda grass) and C. incompletus var. hirsutus (Bradley Bermuda grass)
Dichondra micrantha (kidney weed)
Pennisetum clandestinum (kikuyu grass)
Stenotaphrum secundatum (St Augustine grass)
Zoysia japonica (Japanese lawn grass), Z. matrella (Manila grass) and Z. tenuifolia (Mascarene grass)
Image: © GWI/Francoise Davis. Available in high resolution at www.gardenworldimages.com
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