Mowing so that more can bloom

mowing so that more can bloom

Actually it should still be in full bloom, the meadow sage. But he was quick this year. That’s why it’s already bleeding again and doesn’t look as already blue as it could. Nevertheless, it shows what kind of site the meadow near untelrauter is. "It is a sage-grass meadow", explains frank reiebneber, managing director at the coburger land hfc nursing association.

The association maintains the meadow. A site like this benefits even from the dry summers that are behind us. They favor the growth of horn clover, bellflower, yarrow and meadow sage. They belong to the many species that feel comfortable here. Meadows like this usually have no contact with groundwater. Therefore, it is not a problem for them when the mirror sinks. You can’t get to the life-giving water in the deep anyway.

Grunes laboratory

In the case of the meadow near lautertal, hedges and fruit trees create a small-scale diversity that is no longer common in the cultural landscape.Different ownerships unintentionally led to an interesting field test. Part of the area belongs to the land consolidation and part belongs to a private owner. The slope meadow is mowed once or twice a year by the landscape maintenance association. The directly adjoining flat of the participants of the land consolidation remained unmowed. "It has been shown that on the flat that is mowed once or twice a year, more flowers have grown than on the flat that is not mowed.", says frank reibenweber.

In the future, the LPV should also take care of the areas of the land consolidation project. This makes sense for the manager, because there is also a threat of bush encroachment. The sloe hedges would spread over the entire plain if no action is taken.

"Many types of landscapes have only come into being because of the people who farm them," says, explains frank reibenweber. If human influence were to cease, the diversity of the flat would be lost.

Preserving them is also the goal of a planting campaign on the private flat of the area. Ten fruit trees were planted there by the LPV. "They are all old varieties from the grafting project", says frank reibenweber. 2013 to 2015, old fruit varieties in the region were recorded by the government of upper franconia. So-called noble drivers were obtained from particularly rare varieties in order to propagate them again in tree nurseries. Your planting is part of a government biodiversity project.

At unterlauter, the young trees ensure the continuity of an existing orchard where the existing apple trees are getting rather long in the tooth.


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