FERTILIZERS AND LAWNSEED
When spring comes, you’ll notice big piles of earth in all the main residential areas of Madrid. This is what Spanish gardeners call “mantillo”. It is a sort of natural fertilizer (with a bad smell) that is usually used to cover the lawn and get beautiful grass. You can find 10 kg bags of “mantillo” in all the garden centres but the best and most economical option is to order it from specialised suppliers that will deliver it to the front of your house. You’ll need a wheelbarrow to transport it from the street into your garden.
Tel.: 91 845 51 62
They will charge you about € 30 per cubic metre which allows you to cover a lawn area of around 100 square metres. But this rate only applies if you order several cubic metres. For one cubic metre only, they will charge € 50.
Mantillo Bernal Gonzales
Tel.: 91 815 99 04
Around € 30 per cubic metre from 10 cubic metres.
SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE
If you have a swimming pool, it will probably need a complete clean after the winter. We recommend that you call the specialised stores well in advance (in February or March) to make an appointment for May. If you wait until the end of spring, you’ll have to fight to get an appointment before the summer. If you prefer to take care of the cleaning yourself, which is quite possible, you’ll only have to hire or buy the necessary cleaning products. Most of the time, it’s a matter of 1/2 a day’s work and it is much cheaper.
Tel.: 91 413 65 33
Calle Arturo Soria 187 - Metro Arturo Soria
Being one of the most famous specialist companies, it is heavily booked as soon as the first ray of sunshine appears. They can build swimming pools and have a maintenance program.