Thursday, 15 April 2010
A necessary evil
The meadow will be a huge ecological asset for Mabley Green. So it makes sense that creating it should be as environmentally responsible as possible.
That's why initially, we were against using chemical sprays. And as it turns out, Hackney Council don't like using them either.
The thing is though, our annual plant seedlings won't stand a chance against grass. It simply grows too fast and too thickly. So we consulted the inspirational experts at Pictorial Meadows. And they said it'd be best to spray. Which we did - but using glyphosphate, a low-toxicity spray that doesn't hang around doing bad stuff to the the soil or the water.
It may not feel like the perfect solution and there are other options if you have a bit more time. But if not (like us), this spray isn't nearly as bad as you'd first think. So it seemed worth mentioning because if you're keen to set up a meadow too, you should consider factoring spraying (or something similar) into your plans.