Looking a bit rough
At this time of year our meadows are looking a bit tired and old. Gone is the new freshness of spring . Long grass has started to lie, this way and that, and the chaotic impression can put our minds uneasy.
The docks in the meadow at Scoil Bhride national school ,were tall and flourishing, so I decided to take action. Fortunately they seem to be only in certain sections, perhaps where machinery was during the installation of the septic tank.
The docks were producing lots of seed so, rather than adding to the seed bank of dock seed in the soil ,I decided to cut down the docks this week, before the seed was shed
It is possible to pull the docks and thus remove these perennial plants altogether.
I tried this before the heavy rain we had recently and decided I was so slow that the seed would be shed before I got it finished.
After rain, I found it was a very satisfying feeling, to pull out the long tap root, however, I still got on and cut down most plants, rather than pull them, so no doubt there will still be docks next year.
We had some assistance in grass removal this week we hadn’t invited. A few cattle got in and selectively grazed, ignoring the docks, rushes and thistles of course. This didn’t help with the look of the meadow to the tidy mind !
The yellow rattle had been looking very impressive
The bumblebees were enjoying he yellow rattle as were the meadow browns.