I’m late cutting the meadow this year, but as you can see we’ve now done half of it with the brush cutter. Thanks to the weather flattening it a couple of times it was quite matted; long grasses all folded down on each other, with newer bits growing up through.
Now it’s cut we’ll let it dry out and the seeds fall out. Then instead of just composting it, because last year it didn’t do well, we’ll spread it back out and cut it up more with the mower before composting. We usually cut the meadow with the mower on the highest setting after brush cutting anyway.
Sometimes I think I’d like to learn scything. But our patch really isn’t big enough to worry about learning how to use and maintain a scythe, maybe I’ll volunteer to scythe somewhere one day!
We’ll have to be careful when we mow it all, we often have slow worms snuggle up in the hay piles 🙂
I plan to add more seed to the meadow to make sure we have a nice show next summer. We’ll scarify a bit once all the hay is gone, ready for sowing.
I always give the meadow a whack with a stick before cutting to knock out seeds and to make sure any wildlife has the chance to escape. Either this has worked well or there wasn’t anything in there, until today. Sadly a frog was in there 😦 It looks like it just got clipped, only a little bit of blood, and it was active and moving OK as I found out when I tried to pick it up! It tried hopping away. I moved it to a safer area of the garden. I’ve now checked online and it seems this was the right thing to do. Hope it’ll be all right. I’ve already seen a frog in the area I moved it to, so I assume it’s a good spot for it.
This is what some of the meadow and garden looked like earlier this year.
It already looks so different. Less blooms, more dried up and dead bits, and it’s amazing how empty it starts to look without the meadow! There is some autumn colour though! The Michaelmas daisies are out, and the pyracantha has it’s orange berries!
Hows your patch looking?
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