Although this Norwegian garden is tiny, only 150 square metres, I’ve incorporated two small lawns into its design. They form the hearts of the West and East gardens and are a direct tribute to the front and rear lawns once so popular in England. I think the beautiful green grass provides a perfect backdrop and pleasing contrast to the blowzy cottage garden flowers I love. Surprisingly, visitors to the garden seem more intrigued by the lawns than by the flowers. Perhaps that’s because the tidy green stripes and neat edges are, if nothing else, quintessentially English.
I use an environmentally friendly method of lawn care and lawn weed killers have not been used here for four years.
Construction & Maintenance
In this video I describe how I constructed these lawns and how I maintain them using the same traditional techniques that were used by my Grandfather in England, which I’ve adapted a little for the Norwegian climate.
Mowing & Edges
This shorter version of the above video covers the traditional lawn mowing and lawn edging techniques I use;
Traditional Lawn Edging
Raking Aerating & Top Dressing
This video explains the spring lawn care techniques I use;
Vårstell av plenen (Norsk)
An edit of the above video for Norwegian viewers.