Every great Orchid garden has a great mower waiting in their sheds. And at the World Orchid Conference, we are not exception to this rule. The top growers also talk about which is the best zero turn mowers they use to keep the grass around their gardens in top shape. If you are to keep your garden looking amazing, it’s important that the grass is well maintained to allow your beautiful Orchids to shine.
Depending on the type of lawn you have, the right mower for the jump is very important. Some of the contestants here talk endlessly about their love for the simple push mower. They really enjoy the ability to stretch their legs and get the exercise and sun of push their mower around the yard. And why not, this is an American past time to push a mower around and it shouldn’t change.
However, as some of our Orchid gardens grow and we invest in larger Orchid plants that will take more time to maintain. For example, the Dendrobium Orchids is one of the largest orchid genera. And if you are to have these in your garden, then keep the lawn at a good height is crucial.
Many of the modern Growers turn to more specialist mowers such as the zero turn radius style of mower. These allow them to access parts of the garden that were previous too hard to reach with a regular ride on mower. This meant to many would have to revert back to the standard push mower for those areas. However, with the zero turn radius, getting around these tight turns was very easy.
The next important point is the type of grass you are using around your Orchids. Many point to having low-fertility meadow grass that sheep have previously grazed upon. This means generally that the lawn has not been tampered with by artificial substances or fertilisers.
Make sure that your grass is not drowning in water either, if you do add too much water, you may find your grass being overtaken by wild flowers and other weeds of the like. If you maintain your grass well and ensure that you mow it regularly, even in the winters then your garden will shine and everyone will appreciate the hard work you put into making it look spectacular.
We will continue this series next summer with an in depth look into which grass types suit which climate. This is especially important as to which hemisphere you live in and how hot your garden can become.