Lawn care isn’t cheap, but don’t make it more expensive on yourself than it has to be. Avoid common lawn care mistakes and keep your lawn looking nice and your wallet a little fuller. Here are some such mistakes:
Neglecting the Soil
A good lawn begins with good soil. If your lawn has you scratching your head, it may be time to get your soil tested. Unhealthy soil will spawn an unhealthy lawn. There’s nothing all of the lawn care products in the world can do to solve this if you’re not focusing on the right issue. Always be mindful of how important your soil is!
Mowing Too Short
Mowing can be a time consuming activity. This makes it tempting to take the grass down a little shorter. But grass is not like hair. You can shave your head and your hair will still grow back just fine. Try buzzing your grass down too short and it will leave your lawn in a world of trouble. A stressed lawn will struggle to regrow as it attempts to recover from being cut too short. While this is happening, weeds will move in.
Failing to Mulch
Mulch is very important for maintaining a healthy lawn. It infuses your lawn with nutrients and aids to prevent weeds and control insects.
Your lawn needs water so it can be tempting to water it, water it and water it some more. But realize that at a certain point, water can become detrimental to a lawn. Water too much and you create a constantly wet atmosphere in which fungus can thrive. One inch per week is typically all that is needed for most lawns. Place a rain collector in your lawn so you’re aware of approximately how much assistance you’re getting from Mother Nature. You can supplement Mother Nature’s work by sprinkling, but it’s not as necessary as you might think; most lawns can easily go a couple of weeks without water and maintain their strength.
Forgetting to De-Thatch
Lawns develop a layer of stems, roots and shoots at the surface of the soil called thatch. These elements can prevent water and nutrients from reaching your soil and getting to the roots. Malnourished roots will result in a damaged lawn that struggles to thrive in adverse growing conditions. You should de-thatch your lawn at least once per year to keep your roots in top shape.