Plants that live in green spaces
Trees and other plants that live in the green spaces are delicate organisms that have become accustomed to living in our city. They need adequate conditions and maintenance to stay healthy and grow to their best potential.
The staff that are dedicated to maintaining them know the needs of each plant and they take great care to provide them with what they need, but you can also help. We ask you not to remove any plants, branches, flowers or fruits: they are for everyone, let others enjoy them too.
In addition to its ornamental function, the grass helps to maintain soil moisture for the rest of the plants and helps to prevent soil erosion from the rain. Do not step on it, do not use it to play on or lay down on it, as you will damage it Please also prevent your pet from doing so. Only in the parks where it is expressly authorised you may do so.
Do not damage the trees, for example by engraving, painting, marking their bark, nailing objects, attaching mopeds, bicycles or posters to them. Do not climb them and do not pour any product that is not water on them, as it can be toxic to them.
Here, special emphasis must be placed on a problem that many people are unaware of: the effect of urination and defecation of our dogs.
During their walk, dogs urinate on a pole, on a street lamp, on a tree, on a facade, on a wheel, on any corner, but also on trees, shrubs or grass. That is their way of communicating, of telling their peers that this is their territory, but this will cause a “call effect” for other dogs that will mark their territory in the same spots. The problem is that the urine has a high concentration of nitrogen and salts that causes the plant to “burn” in a similar way to the effect of excessive fertilisation.
The brown patches on the grass are evidence that one or more dogs have a favourite toilet place. The leaves of a low-rise plant or shrubs with golden borders or a tree that is “drying”, could be victims of the continued urination of dogs. In addition, the effect of urination on street furniture, such as banks, signs, bollards, bins, traffic lights, among others, produces their oxidation.
So, if you have a dog, how can you help avoid this problem? Prevent your dog from urinating at the bottom of trees, in flowerbeds, on the grass, on street furniture, and if this not possible, bring a bottle of water with you and water the area where your dog has urinated straight afterwards.
Make sure that the animal urinates on the curb of the sidewalk and preferably near the rain gutters, as it is the part of the road that gets cleaned the most. To do this, educate your dog properly and take them immediately to a place where he can urinate without causing harm. Bit by bit, your dog will get used to the fact that he cannot urinate on the lawn, bottoms of trees, flowerbeds or street furniture.
Another aspect that is a problem for the conservation of green areas is the faeces of your dog. One of the most common myths is that the waste of the dog serves as fertiliser for gardens or plants. In reality, these are biodegradable, but dogs can also discard bacteria or parasites that can infect people and other animals, causing health problems.
Collecting faeces is not only necessary to keep cities clean but also to avoid health problems as they may contain parasites, such as Toxocara canis, which can cause a very serious infection called Toxocarosis, Giardia Iamlia and pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli or Campylobacter.
In addition, faeces can end up contaminating the water of ponds, lakes and even drinking water when being flushed by the rain. When dry, it is pulverised and its particles travel in the environment and can end up in the foods that are consumed in public eateries or we can even breathe them.
Running into dog faeces on the street is also unpleasant, not only because of the smell, but because of the risk of stepping on them. Not picking up dog faeces and not disposing of them in the bin is a lack of respect towards other citizens.