3 Easy Ways To Ruin Your Lawn

Posted on: 26 July 2017

Even the most well-intentioned homeowners can make mistakes with lawn care that leave the suffering or even lead to early demise. If you are trying your best to care for your lawn and still not getting results, here are some common mistakes that people make that can hurt rather than help. 

1. Over Watering

If you live in a hot climate, you worry about your grass dying during the warm summer months. To offset this, many people figure they must water their grass constantly to keep it green. However, it is possible to over water and your grass start to rot in the ground. 

The first sign of overwatering is discoloration. Grass will begin to look slightly grey instead of bright green. Without allowing the roots to dry out a little bit, the grey will turn greenish brown. Instead of watering too much, choose to give your grass a deep watering in the morning or evening every 3 or 4 days. Deep watering allows for the roots of your grass to grow more deeply, allowing the lawn to become much more drought resistant.

2. Cutting Too Short

Mowing is an essential part of lawn care, but if you are too zealous in your mowing practices, you will find your grass begins to die or become patchy or weedy. Many homeowners believe that if you cut grass shorter, you'll have to mow less often. However, shorter grass will spring back more quickly in an effort to survive, whereas grass with a healthy blade length will not grow as ferociously after mowing.

Also, grass will some length will choke out weeds, blocking light from low growing plants. If you consistently cut your grass too short, seeds form dandelions, clovers, and other invasive plants will root more easily.

3. Fertilizing

Fertilizing can help struggling grass, especially after it has been planted and growing for several years. However, you should apply fertilizer gradually and preferably in the spring. Choose a variety that is high in nitrogen, since grass is nitrogen loving. If you fertilize too often, your grass can actually suffer and have chemical burns and uneven growth patches. 

One of the best ways to fertilize your grass if to leave your grass clippings behind after you mow. It's not the most attractive method, but 25% of your lawn's nutritional needs can be met in this effortless manner. 

For more information, contact a landscaping service, such as Greatland Tree Service, in your area.