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Grass

Immediately after we started playing Animal Crossing CityFolk/Let's Go to the City we were shocked that the grass wears out in town. We were running throughout the town selling fruit to get our houses paid off when we noticed the ground get browner on the places traveled most. At first we though it was cool until the entire town started turning brown. Animal Crossing fans were all abuzz on the internet, frustrated that their towns were turning brown!

Through experimentation we found ways to reclaim the once fertile land. haha We'll list the tips here.


You can lay paths on the ground

If you want to preserve your grass in the frist place, or let new grass grow, put down patterns to make paths to walk on to the most traveled places in town. You can put paths to places like Nooks, your house, villagers houses and anywere else you don't mind the grass disappearing. Animal Crossing fans started getting creative with sidewalks patterns and cool pictures to display on the ground. Still it is a pain because we are constantly picking up patterns by accident. You must stop walking on any area you want to grow grass.

railroad pattern

purple brick pattern

We got desperate once and made a fake snow pattern to cover the barren ground.

fake snow

You can cover the brown area with flowers

To speed up the process of growing grass, place patches of flowers in the area. It may take a few weeks to fully recover.

flower grass

If you don't want to bother watering an entire town of flowers every day, you can always move the on patch of flowers to the next place after repair of an area. You can actually see the grass grow slowly each day. Unfortuneately it will just be a few speckles a day. Check out the flowers guide if you decide you enjoy gardening in Animal Crossing. Good luck!

Technical Grass Growing Tips

Grass-growing season

When the grass is green, it is possible to grow some grass, but only if flowers or trees are on the grass. If you do not have a flower on a space or next to a space, the rate of growth is too slow to withstand you walking on it. In a space next to a flower, the rate is very slow, but you will eventually fill the space with grass. In a space with a flower on it, the grass will grow nearly twice as quickly. And walking on a space decreases the grass by speed 1, so it cancels out the growth on no flower spaces.

Space Status Growth Speed
Not near flower SPEED 1
Next to flower SPEED 2
Flower on space SPEED 3
Grass decrease rate SPEED 1

Subtract the grass decrease rate from the growth rate to see how much growth you get. A negative number means the grass is decreasing, a zero means it is being maintained, and a positive number means it is growing.

Non-growth season

During the fall and winter months, almost no grass growth is possible. The grass/snow grows more slowly and decreases more quickly. The grass does not grow at all without a flower on the space. If you can keep from walking on a flower space, a very small bit will grow, but if you walk over it, it disappears. At least the flowers help to maintain your grass a little bit.

Space Status Growth Speed
Not near flower SPEED 0
Next to flower SPEED 0
Flower on space SPEED 1
Grass decrease rate SPEED 1

Subtract the grass decrease rate from the growth rate to see how much growth you get. A negative number means the grass is decreasing, a zero means it is being maintained, and a positive number means it is growing.