Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gardening: Pearl Grass

Hi everyone :D

I've wanted to post this entry earlier but Celcom Broadband wasn't at its best tonight (come to think of it, I really wonder when exactly it was at its best) so it took me some time to upload these few pictures as shown below, or to be precise, it took me an hour and forty-seven minutes and a few seconds. Not bad for a service that has so far claimed most places within Malaysia borders to be its territory. Nevertheless I managed to successfully uploaded them all and let's begin with some introductions in order not to leave you curious readers lost in the entire journey towards the end of this yet another gardening-based entry.

Today I planted pearl grass. 

Bearing the scientific name of Axonopus compressus, pearl grass is a type of the common cow grass but  is distinctively different in terms of its physical appearance mainly its leaves morphology. Often referred to as the dwarf A. compressus, pearl grass has smaller leaves and is ultimately shorter than cow grass. The advantages that put pearl grass above its close relative, the cow grass that is, in the list of the most preferred lawn grass is that it is almost maintenance-free. It does not need to be trimmed, it can stand direct sunlight, it only needs just enough water and fertilizer and it is more attractive than cow grass. 

Earlier this morning I went to the close-by plant nursery and asked for pearl grass. It was sold at RM3 for each 1 foot time 2 feet cutting. I took 9 units and it cost me RM27. Figure 1 above shows the stack of pearl grass that I bought. 

 Figure 1: Stack of pearl grass

Earlier this morning I went to the close-by plant nursery and asked for pearl grass. It was sold at RM3 for each 1 foot time 2 feet cutting. I took 9 units and it cost me RM27. Figure 1 above shows the stack of pearl grass that I bought. So I brought them home and started clearing the lawn from weeds and whatnot before preparing up to plant the grass.

Figure 2: Lawn measurement

In Figure 2, it can be observed that there are three units of pearl grass patch and a measurement tape. I measured the intended area to be planted with the grass and did some basic calculations in my head in order to ensure that I won't end up short with the grass supply. Using a knife, I cut each of the pearl grass patch into 8 sections of 6-inch square each. 

Figure 3: Grass planting

After measuring and cutting, I proceeded with planting the segments on the ground with half-inch depth just so that the roots of the grass will be precisely below the ground level while the leaves remain above it. I planted the segments in an alternating pattern of around a foot away from each other. In Figure 3, all four rows from the right have been planted while the rests still remained on top of the soil waiting for their turn. 

Figure 4: Planting completed

After planting all the segments, I tidied up the lawn with a metal rake to make sure that I have a flat ground. As you can see above, all the segments have been planted, the top soil raked about and in about 4 to 6 months, the exposed ground will be covered with the grass. In the mean time I need to fertilize the soil with dried chicken manure-based fertilizer, water the segments regularly and keep any weeds out out the grasses' way.

Figure 5: Eternity plant

Along with the pearl grass, I bought this Zamioculcas zamiifolia at the nursery at the price of RM10. This plant has thick, shiny leaves and is dark green in color. I used to keep this in my room when I lived in campus before, so I decided to plant it again at my new home. This guy can stand high temperature and even drought, and is just adorable to look at. I consider this as a gift for myself for being able to finish all the grass-planting job on schedule. 

I'll update from time to time about how they grow. Hope they'll grow up finely!

1 comment:

Mr T said...

Nice! any update photos of the pearl grass? :)