Before you know it, the winter season will be coming to an end. That means that one of the most crucial seasons for your lawn is approaching, the spring! Since that season is just around the corner, we wanted to tell you about the typical lawn care mistakes people often make so that you can avoid them. After reading this blog, you will be ready for spring! Some of these mistakes can occur at different times throughout the year and are not limited to springtime. Follow these tips to keep your lawn looking great all year round!
We decided to categorize the mistakes people make into these four topics or tasks:
- Weed Killers or Herbicide
- Fertilizing your Lawn
- Mowing your Lawn
- Watering your Lawn
Some of the topics mentioned above are vital to your lawn’s health. We are here today to make you aware of the mistakes and correct them, ultimately restoring confidence in your ability to care for your lawn while ensuring your grass is healthy and vibrant this year.
As the Black Eyed Peas would say, “Let’s get it started…”
Herbicide or Weed Killer on your Lawn
Do you use herbicide on your property? If so, how do you determine the amount of herbicide you should use? Don’t have an exact answer to that question? Neither do most people! Often, we apply herbicide to our lawn in no consistent, measured amount. People tend to use it in a “willy nilly” sort of way. Although herbicide is an essential application, we often utilize too much of it. Applying too much of it can ultimately damage your property, leading to dead patches of grass and brown spots. It is also dangerous to your pets, children, and garden.
But how to avoid overusing your herbicide? There is a simple solution that experts recommended. Manually pick out the weeds on your lawn by hand as best you can before you even attempt to apply herbicide. You want to apply as little herbicide as you can, making sure you are using the correct herbicide. The best option for herbicide is an organic brand that does not have chemicals that can harm your garden, pets, or people. You want to make sure you ask questions when buying herbicide and make sure you apply the proper amount if you use it.
Herbicide might not be a mistake that often occurs, but it is important enough to make it into this blog because it requires caution and care.
Fertilizing your Lawn
Fertilizing your lawn is a necessary service! It allows your grass to remain stable and robust while killing and preventing weeds from growing. Overall, the process helps your lawn to thrive! People do not realize that fertilizer should not be applied whenever you get in the mood to do so! All too often, homeowners utilize fertilizer during the wrong season. So how do you avoid this mistake? It is best to apply fertilizer when your lawn is flourishing and growing. Spring or fall are the main times to fertilize!
Even if you apply the fertilizer during the correct season, you aren’t out of the woods yet! There is still room for a big mistake to be made! Homeowners typically do not apply the correct amount of fertilizer. If you apply too much fertilizer to your grass, it blocks the roots from growing the proper way, and therefore can potentially lead to burning your lawn. Experts recommend applying fertilizer to your lawn anywhere between four and six times a year for the best results.
In some cases, a “less is more” mentality can be useful! You want to avoid over-mowing your lawn. It is not saving you time, and you are doing more of a disservice to your lawn. If you over-mow, you are causing damage to your lawn’s roots and damaging the grass itself. Healthy roots are essential to absorb the proper nutrients needed.
Experts recommend that the proper height for the grass on your lawn is between 2.5 to 3 inches. At this height, your lawn will be in its healthiest condition. (Although, this can vary based on the type of grass on your property.) You also want to avoid cutting your grass too short. Never remove more than a third of the grass height in one round of mowing. Often people hire “the neighborhood kid” to complete this task. It is crucial to note that it is nice to support your neighbors but dangerous for your lawn. These inexperienced mowers tend to do more harm than good by cutting the grass too short. When you are mowing your lawn, skip these mistakes so it can remain in its optimal condition.
Watering the Lawn
What is the typical mistake people make when it comes to watering their lawns? You guessed it! Overwatering your grass is a mistake. On the flip side, under-watering your lawn is a mistake. See? Either way, you were correct! Now, let’s move on to the rules for watering.
The recommended amount of water for your lawn is one inch of water per week. However, to get to that one inch per week, you must consider the rainfall in your area. So if it does rain during the week, you can track the totals on the weather app or your local news. Then you can make an informed decision about whether to water your lawn or not.
When determining the amount of water, check your lawn to see if there is any water build-up. This can be a clear sign that your lawn may have gotten too much water. If your grass does not look healthy or lacks its natural vibrant green color, then your lawn needs some water. When the summer approaches, you want to make sure your lawn does not dry out. During the warmer times of the year, watering is particularly crucial to your lawn’s health.
The best thing to do is look into an irrigation system that will determine water amounts and water your lawn when needed. This method is convenient and consistent.
We hope you found this blog useful! We know there are plenty of other mistakes people make while caring for their lawns, but the ones mentioned above are the most common. When completing these tasks, make sure you are doing them correctly because all of them could make or break the health of your lawn. Please remember that if you have any questions or concerns for your lawn, the Divine team is here for the residents of El Dorado, Towanda, and Augusta, KS!