You dedicate a lot of time, energy and expense to caring for your lawn. According to recent research, the average homeowner spends as many as 80 hours (that’s two full workweeks!) every year in lawn maintenance. With so much time spent making your lawn look just right, it is important to know how to best care for it. To guide you in this process, we have compiled a few tips on the worst things you can do to your lawn.
Not Knowing What Kind of Grass You Have
Grass is grass, right? Absolutely not! There are dozens of varieties of grass, and the only way to bring out its natural luster is to know what you are working with. Some grasses look their best at a certain height, while others need more (or less) water. If you don’t know what kind of grass is adorning your landscape, you can’t give it what it needs to thrive.
Using more fertilizer than recommended can strip your lawn of vital moisture, leading to a type of “burning” that can make your grass look yellow or brown. Too much fertilizer can also make it grow too fast, which results in scalping when mowed. This can be detrimental to your grasses health.
Skipping Weekly Mowing
Are you one of those people who only mow when your grass looks shaggy and long? You might think that letting it grow won’t do any harm, but it could be keeping your lawn from being as healthy as it could. When grass is allowed to grow tall, those long blades keep the sun from reaching new sprouts. This can leave empty spots in your lawn when it is finally mowed. These gaps are an easy place for weeds to take hold, strangling new growth even more. By mowing weekly, you keep grass growth stable, keep weeds under control and give grass the nutrients it needs to become lush. Frequent mowing (even twice a week) is the fastest and easiest way to get your lawn to grow thick and lush.
Too much moisture can severely damage your lawn. It can wash away fertilizer, encourage mold and fungus growth, increase the chance of lawn diseases and even cause grass to grow too fast. To determine when your lawn needs watering, install an inexpensive water meter that can tell you when the soil is dry and needs water.
Removing Grass Clippings
Grass clippings are designed to give your lawn the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Sure you don’t want big clumps of clippings scattering your rich lawn, but if you use a mulching mower, those clippings will be so small they become unnoticeable.
Mowing with Dull Blades
Nothing may be worse for your lawn than mowing with dull mower blades. Using old and worn equipment can rip grass, rather than cut it smoothly, making it more prone to disease. Not sure if your blades are dull, or don’t know how to get them fixed? Call on the experts at Commercial Lawn Equipment to have your blades checked. When it is time to invest in new lawn equipment, be sure to take advantage of our 0% financing option.