Summer is just around the corner, and that means it's time to pull out the lawn mower and the sprinklers. Caring for your lawn is essential for keeping your yard looking neat and tidy, but if you're not careful, you could be doing more harm than good. Here's a look at some common lawn care mistakes that you'll want to avoid.
Mowing too low
Logic would suggest that the shorter you mow the grass, the less often you'll need to mow. But mowing too short to save time and labor is a bad idea. When your grass is cut too short, it has trouble harnessing enough sunlight to meet its needs, so its growth suffers. You may see patches turn yellowish when they're cut too low, and if you cut too short on a regular basis, your grass may become so weak that weeds start to overtake your lawn. Experts recommend removing no more than 1/3 of the length of the grass when mowing. So, raise that blade and resign yourself to the fact that you're going to be mowing more often.
The more you water your lawn, the greener it will get, right? Actually, it is possible to overwater your lawn, and a lot of homeowners make this mistakes. If the soil stays too moist for too long, your grass roots may drown. Feel the soil before watering. If it's still moist, you can skip watering that day. Unless you live in a very dry desert environment, you probably don't need to water your grass every day.
If your lawn is looking a bit worse for wear, don't just toss on some fertilizer and hope for the best. If you add nutrients that your soil already has in abundance, you might just make matters worse. It's best to first conduct a soil test and determine what nutrients your soil is deficient in. Then, you can add fertilizer as needed depending on the soil test results. Soil tests are sold at most home and garden stores, and your local cooperative extension may even distribute them for free.
Bagging all of the clippings
While you may not want to let clippings sit on your lawn each and every time you mow, bagging them every mowing session is a mistake. Grass clippings break down and slowly add much-needed nutrients back into the soil. So every couple of weeks, take the bag off your lawn mower and let it scatter those clippings. Your grass will grow greener as a result.
For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Glaciers Edge Maintenance.
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