The grass always looks greener in the neighbor’s house, says the saying, but if in your case, it’s not just a saying about envy or nonconformity that characterizes us as a species. Still, a sad reality, then maybe it’s time to do something about it.
The grass is beautiful, it gives a lot of vitality to spaces, and its presence can improve life quality. But to have it at the side of a road, or in an area that nobody uses or takes advantage of, is a waste of resources. If it is experiential, of course, it is. Otherwise, there are better alternatives, such as bark, stones, or native vegetation, that need much less water.
But let’s talk about the small space of land that you have in the courtyard of your house. In this area, your children play or will play, where you imagine yourself sunbathing on spring mornings or having a drink in the summer afternoons, your humble and intimate green oasis in the middle of the city. The grass becomes something that goes beyond the pretensions; it is an “experiential” place that can evoke nature from which we have moved away and raised our spirits just by touching or smelling it.
Planting grass has never been easy, and that is why a dense and even lawn, overflowing with chlorophyll, has always been a synonym of luxury: keeping it that way required a lot of time or a good gardener, two symptoms of someone with enough money. For the rest, it meant too much patience, energy, and tolerance to frustration. It usually takes between 4 and 6 months to establish a process that can bring many disappointments, requiring a lot of lawn care. If it works out well, the result will be a soft, subtle, and green grass.
Therefore, keeping it green means having it alive and healthy, which is how anyone would like living beings that inhabit their home.
- Keep it well pruned
We recommend that you do this during the hours when it is less hot, either in the early morning or late afternoon. If you are going to use a mower, we recommend sharpening the blades with a file.
- Long enough
We suggest not mowing the grass too short during the dry season, as it will have less protection to face the season and could turn yellow.
- Special lawn care in the dry season
When the rains are scarce, your garden needs watering the most. Never let it dry out, and hydrate the substrate well up to the roots.
- Kill the fungi
When a yellowish or brown stain appears, and it is not due to lack of watering, it is most likely due to fungus. Use a fungicide to prevent it from expanding.
- Please do not give it a dragging
Worms are especially harmful to the grass, as they damage the roots. Water abundantly and cover with black plastic in the afternoon to collect the dead larvae the next morning.
- Repair damaged areas
If there is an area that is not growing and the others, we suggest moving the soil a bit and adding fertilizer. We assure you that the green will come back.
After a good watering at the end of the dry season, we suggest you sow some grass again in the areas where the grass is dry or in bad condition.
- The best time of the year
If you want to plant grass, we suggest doing so during the rainy season, especially at the end of the dry season, since dead particles can function as nutrients.