Want to have the best looking lawn in the neighborhood? If you avoid these 10 common lawn care mistakes you’ll be well on your way to being the envy of the block.
- Cutting your lawn too short. For a lush and healthy lawn only remove the top ⅓ of the grass blade. Removing more than ⅓ of the grass blade will result in a weakened root system which will lead to future lawn issues. A weakened root system in your lawn will cause it to be more susceptible to drought and disease. Over in our DIY section we’ve already written and article titled how often should I mow my lawn.
- Not testing your soil. Testing your soil will let you know if you need to make adjustments to your soil pH and the best types of grass for your soil. Over on preparednessmama.com they written an in depth article testing your soil pH without a kit.
- Planting only one type of seed. Using a variety of grass species in your lawn will protect your lawn in the event of drought or diseases. Lawn diseases typically only affect one type of grass. On this blog we’ve already talked about the different varieties of grass seed on our blog warm and cool weather grasses.
- Mowing with a dull lawn mower blade. A dull mower blade will actually tear the grass blade and not leave a clean cut. Known as “white tipping”, you are actually damaging the grass. Mowing with a dull blade will make the grass appear to have a light colored tip and look dry and need additional watering. A torn or ripped grass blade is more prone to disease and insect damage. Experts recommend sharpening your blade at least once a season. We’ve already covered the importance of a sharp blade in a previous article.
- Bagging grass clippings. Grass clippings are a great natural mulch. Left in the lawn they will provide additional nutrients. We’ve already talked about the pros and cons of bagging versus leaving clippings on your lawn in our article baggers and mulchers and clippings.
- Watering too little or too much. In general you only need to water 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. Experts recommend applying this over several days and not to water everyday. It is better to water less frequently but deeper to help your grass establish deep roots.
- Watering at night. Watering at night is common mistake a lot of homeowners make. Most homeowners don’t realize standing water can cause damage to the lawn. Grass should be watered in the morning before the sun rises. Once the sun rises excess moisture will begin to evaporate.
- Over fertilizing or misapplication of fertilizer. Forgetting to fertilize or fertilizing too much is bad for your lawn.
- Improper use of pesticides. Pesticides can be downright horrible for you, the environment and your lawn. So many other sources have already covered this we’ll let you learn it on your own. You can start on the Wikipedia Pesticide Page.
- Seeding at the wrong time of the season. In the northern part of the US the best time to seed your lawn is in the fall. The soil is still warm but the air is cooler. There are typically fewer weeds for the new grass to compete against. Since trees are beginning to loose their leaves there’s more natural sunlight for the new grass. Also, diseases are less active in the fall. If you’re unable to seed in the fall the spring is the only option you’re left with. In the northern US it’s best to seed in the summer as warm season grasses need water soil to germinate.
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