5 Steps to a Great Real Grass Lawn
Grass grows everywhere, by roadsides, verges, and patios. In fact grass grows almost anywhere – most times where you don’t want it.
So why is it so difficult to get it to grow where you do want it, here in the Mediterranean - in your lawn?
Well actually it isn’t – if you follow these 5 tips.
TYPE OF GRASS
Grass falls into two main types, Bunch and Creeping. Bunch grass tends to be English type grasses (Cold Season). Creeping grass tend to be warm season grasses and come from places like America, Africa and the Far East. I have not found a single grass that will do well here in Spain all year round. But the solution is a really good compromise. Use two types of grass in your lawn, warm season grass for the summer and cold season grass for the winter. With this, you will have a green lawn all year round. I prefer to sow the winter grasses just after the first heavy rain in the autumn and plant the warm season as grass plugs in the spring – around late March to April.
There are two things to appreciate with soil for your lawn. Firstly that grass prefers to grow in neutral soil, with a pH of 6.5. to 7.0. With this neutrality the grass finds it is easy to absorb nutrients from the soil. If your is beyond this range, please see our website for free advice on how to correct it.
The second factor is soil composition. i.e. what it’s made up of. Good soil for lawns should contain the right proportions of sand, silt and clay with some organic material. We can help with both soil pH testing and soil composition.
There are three types of water, but rainwater is always the best. Water from the ground here in Spain tends to be very hard (Alkaline and contains lots of dissolved Calcium). Aqua potable (drinking water) contains chlorine, so also be careful if using tap water.
The rule for watering is water deep and less frequent. Basically watering deep waters the grass and watering shallow waters the weeds.
The rules for mowing and cutting your lawn are:
|Only remove 1/3 of the grass at each mowing.|
|Collect the cuttings – unless you have a reason not to|
|Don’t mow too low – especially in dry weather|
|Keep the blades sharp|
When you consider that the grass a lawn will have 1/3 of its foliage taken off at regular intervals, it’s not surprising that this loss of plant material has to be replenished somehow. Lawn fertiliser has three main constituents, Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus. These are represented by 3 numbers on the packet. e.g. 5 – 5- 5 will contain equal parts of all three. The Potassium and Phosphorous help with things like root growth, disease resistance and photosynthesis, and the Nitrogen promotes healthy leaf growth.
There are other factors that will affect the health of your lawn, but these are the main ones.
For more information about grass plugs or if you have any questions about your lawn, we would be pleased to answer any questions FREE – see us on Google “Lawns in Spain” or http://www.lawnsinspain.com Contact: email@example.com or phone 676 863 778