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Caring for your lawn can be challenging. There are many mistakes that a homeowner can make, and they need help understanding why their lawn isn’t healthy. While cutting the grass seems like enough, there are other ways to ensure your lawn grows properly. Here are some common lawn care mistakes and methods to improve your lawn.
Planting Grass In Areas It Won’t Grow
Learning how to plant grass seed is always beneficial. Grass seed makes your lawn greener, but it is common to try and grow grass in places it’s not meant to live. If you plant seeds in shady areas, they might not survive; grass requires full sunlight to develop. Using ground-covered plants is an easy way to make your yard look healthy in places the sun doesn’t reach.
Mowing Your Lawn In The Same Direction
Ensure you always cut your grass in a different direction each time you mow. This stops the ‘bending over’ of the grass blades, which prevents your lawn from looking lush and healthy. If your grass looks bent,’ try running a rake lightly over the lawn before mowing. The problem can also lie with your lawn mower; ensuring that your blades are sharp will allow you to cut, not tear, the grass.
Overwatering The Grass
Overwatering your lawn is a common mistake. During warmer weather, it is common to think that your grass is dry or that the more water it gets, the healthier it will become. Overwatering can do the opposite. Grass should be watered once a week during the colder hours. Laying sod is another method to upgrade your lawn.
Cutting The Grass Too Short
Cutting your grass too short is another mistake that can damage your lawn. The root system becomes shallow, and your lawn cannot absorb all the nutrients. Cutting your lawn to 2 ½ to 3 inches is suggested, giving it a healthy height to thrive.
Using Too Much Fertilizer
Piling on the fertilizer is a common mistake. Even if your grass looks brown, too much fertilizer can be damaging. Fertilizer gets washed away in the rain, making it a costly mistake that damages your lawn and plants. Apply the recommended amount following the instructions on the bag.
Not Clearing Grass Clumps After Mowing
Always remove grass clumps or clippings from the lawn. These clumps block the sunlight from your grass, causing the blades to turn yellow and die. Ensure you remove all clumps with a rake to keep your grass healthy and green.
Your lawn plays a significant role when it comes to the curb appeal of your home. Taking proper care of your lawn makes the overall appearance of your home cleaner. There are simple mistakes that most homeowners make when caring for their grass. Ensuring you are not overwatering and properly cutting the grass are critical elements to maintaining a healthy lawn. Lakeshore Landscapes has years of experience with lawn care; visit our website to learn more.