City gardeners are starting mowing the grass for the second time this year. The entire process will take about a month and may cause short-term traffic disruptions. The Board of Zieleni argues that it is necessary, among others, for safety reasons, because there are places where lush vegetation may limit visibility.
The management of Zieleni reminds in a press release that lawns in the capital have been mowing for several years “according to a different regime”. This means that the mowers are used three times a year. “This is the minimum number to ensure the proper care of grasslands while taking into account the effects of climate change” – emphasize the officials. They also explain that the situation is monitored on an ongoing basis by city gardeners. They check how quickly grass grows and how it relates to weather conditions. The type, scope and frequency of works undertaken in a given area depend on it.
In total, over 1,300 hectares of street lawns, subject to the RCD, are waiting to be mowed. These are green belts at poviat, provincial and national roads. Works start this week and will last about a month. Officials warn that mowing will take slightly longer than usual this time, but will be greener. This is related to the ban on the use of blowers in Mazovia, so employees will remove the cut grass by hand. This may include temporarily suspending car traffic to ensure the safety of people working on busy streets.
Residents can report the need to mow in places where tall lawns may impede the visibility of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on an ongoing basis to the Municipal Contact Center Warsaw 19115. This is especially the area of intersections and sharp turns.
What does lawn mowing do?
The capital’s lawns are quite tall now. ZZW explains that the rapid growth is caused by high temperature and intense rainfall. “The blades of grass, however, are already dry and lignified, and at the same time, in some locations, the undermined, lush greenery ‘lays’ under its weight. In such a situation, excessive moisture accumulates at the soil level and an undesirable decay process begins. leaves die off, plants cannot compact and develop properly. Moreover, access to the soil of sowing dicotyledonous plants is difficult “- describe the officials.
Mowing is supposed to be the solution to this problem. Such care strengthens and thickens the grass, which gains an adequate supply of air and water to the root system.
Officials admit that stubble effect may persist for some time after mowing, but under the right conditions, plants should recover quickly. “In order to avoid damage to the rosettes of dicotyledonous plants, the cutting height is set at about 7-10 centimeters. However, due to the large unevenness of the street, the height may drop in selected places, and it is difficult to maintain with very tall grasses” – we read in the announcement.
There are also places in the capital where lawns are not mown and rakes are not deliberately done. These are the so-called natural city meadows. They can be found in city parks, squares and road lanes, among others, in Skaryszewski Park, Pole Mokotowskie Park, Arkadia Park or on the slope of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge and in the lanes between the streets of Żwirki i Wigury avenue.
Main photo source: Mateusz Szmelter / tvnwarszawa.pl