Pay attention to watering
The grass demands a great consumption of water, nevertheless, some species need less irrigation than others. The water supply must be fulfilled taking into account the specific needs of the type of grass, the characteristics by GreenPal for lawn care services, the climate and above all the relation between evaporation and transpiration of each season of the year.
- Over-watering is as detrimental as scarcity. As a guide:
- From December to February you must water once a month.
- In March, once a week, once or twice in April and two or three in May
- From June to August, every day
- In September, twice a week, and in October and November, once a week.
- With generous and spaced irrigations, it is possible to soak the earth more and get the roots deepen in search of moisture, which will be better prepared against drought.
Mowing with the appropriate frequency to stimulate growth
Mowing is the key to achieving a uniform and dense lawn, since the constant cuts stimulate the extension of the seedlings in width and prevent them from growing upwards and gleaning. The frequency of mowing is determined by the type of grass, its use, climate, orientation and frequency of irrigation, among many other factors.
As a general rule, the mower must be passed:
- Once a month from January to February
- About two and three times from March to May
- One per week from June to August
- Between two and three times a month from September to November.
- Each species of grass requires a certain height of cut, but remember that in times of intense cold or heat, or lack of water.
Apply fertilizer for strong and healthy growth
Because of its continuous growth, favored by irrigation and mowing, natural grass is a great consumer of nutrients and, therefore, very sensitive to its lack. In March, April and May, when it is growing strongly, it is important to apply fertilizer, as in September and October, to prepare it and before the cold months. In periods of dormancy or extreme heat, fertilizer should not be supplied. The most advisable are the slow-release granules, since:
- They release the nutrients over several weeks or months, at the request of the herb itself and avoiding excessive growth.
- Reduce the loss of nutrients by water drag and evaporation.
- They avoid the risk of burns on the grass.
- Give the lawn greater resistance to pests and diseases, and the effect of drought and frost.
- Some fertilizers have ingredients that prevent the appearance of moss, algae and fungi.
Aerates compact floors
The substrate tends to compact with time, especially if it is clay-like in nature, making it difficult for the water and nutrients to reach the roots. To reverse this situation, it will be necessary to aerate the earth by practicing small holes with some type of manual or mechanical aerator. This work is very effective at the end of winter and early spring to help the lawn grow strong. If you see that the roots do not exceed 5 cm deep, it may be a sign that they need aeration.