Maintaining your lawn can be time consuming and often times costly if you need to repair it because of a mistake. You may not realize United States residents spend more than $30 billion every year on lawn repair. Below are nine mistakes often made regarding yard repair by well-meaning homeowners trying to make their home gorgeous.
Try to avoid the below:
The Soil Test
A soil test will reveal the true health of your soil so you can decide on a plan of attack and especially when picking the right fertilizer. A common mistake of many homeowners is that they over fertilize disturbing the balance of your soil with possible devastating effects. One should perform this test every three years because your soil changes as time passes due to your weather and how the grass has grown over time. Our professionals use this tool to help maintain gorgeous lawns for our customers.
Over Watering your Lawn
Your lawn only needs roughly an inch of water per week so you do not need to turn on your sprinklers every day. This is unnecessary, expensive and can cause numerous lawn problems plus it is a waste when water can sometimes be a limited. A smart sprinkler system is an added expense, but the moisture in your soil is measured by high tech sensors. The correct amount of water is distributed automatically to help prevent a patchy lawn, over watering and excessive long-term costs. Also, it takes the worry out of your hands as watering the lawn is not nearly as fun as having a barbecue in your lush grass.
If you are ever wondering how to fix your dead patchy grass, there is a chance that you used the wrong fertilizer. A slow release fertilizer will not burn off as fast and will allow the nutrients into your lawn slowly and more naturally over time. This means your lawn has what it needs to grow evenly to help eliminate yellow patches and fend off numerous grass diseases. This is probably the most common lawn mistake and is no fun and difficult to mend after the lawn has been over chemicalized. At that point many people contact a professional anyway and it is costlier to repair.
The Dull Mower Blades
Just like when you go to the barber you need to have sharp working tools. When your mower blade is sharp, your grass is cut evenly. If your blade becomes dull, you grass will be torn as opposed to cut and your lawn will become discolored as the torn ends brown and dull. Brown is not a good color for a lawn and will take some time to grow out. Like a bad haircut, all is not lost with this one, you will just have to temporarily live with that “style” until you can cut again. You should sharpen your blades every month to ensure even cutting, especially during the spring and summer months when the mower is used more frequently. As a side note, fuel can deteriorate over time when left sitting during the winter and can damage a small engine. Be sure to get rid of any old gas and use a fresh tank or make sure a stabilizer is added in the fall before you leave it to sit for a while.
Watering at the Wrong Time
Simple science - when heat rises, water evaporates. This makes the best time to water your lawn in the morning. In the same way, it has been debated that watering in the middle of the day can lead to “leaf burn”. This is a hypothesis that the water droplets act as a so to speak magnifying glass for the blaring sun to burn the leaves. Of course, there are skeptics and believers. Either way, watering in the midday will almost definitely lead to water waste from evaporation and if you water too late in the day and the lawn cannot dry completely it could lead to damp conditions that will invite fungus and diseases. Best to stick with the morning even if it is hard to wake up and get to it.
Aeration is when little holes or plugs are poked into your lawn. This helps fertilizer and water penetrate the soil so your lawn can breathe. If a lawn has become too compact then the grass will often die off because of the lack of nutrients and water making down to the roots. The process of aerating calls for a specific piece of machinery that can be bulky and difficult to use so many people hire a professional company to do this task.
So, there they are…. a few common mistakes to avoid unless you want to spend more time, energy and money than you need to for a perfect lawn.
Lastly, make sure you take the right safety measures while maintaining your lawn. This includes removing any obstacles such as branches or stones before you begin. Wearing the right footwear, earplugs and safety glasses will help prevent any injuries. Remember, lawn repair is never as important as your safety. Maintaining a beautiful lawn is difficult and takes a lot of time. To make your life easier, call us to do all the heavy lifting so you can have more time to go out and enjoy.