10 Things to Avoid Regarding Lawn Care

Lawn care is big business.  Americans spend millions on their lawn every year, which may cause some people to think about cutting corners.  Saving isn’t bad, but make sure you don’t fall prey to any of these risky shortcuts:

Cut the grass too short
This all comes down to consistency.  The average person spends about an hour a week on lawn care, and its really easy to forget about it until its too long………and then try to cut it all back at once.  A good rule of thumb is to only cut off about 2 or 3 inches at a time, and to wait a few days to a week before doing it again. This way it will take a few mows to get it back to “regulation” height, but its healthier that way for the lawn.

skip doing a soil test
Do you know the pH level of your soil? If not, chances are that its incorrect, and that can mean that your plants don’t have enough nutrients.  Plants need proper pH to be able to absorb nutrients properly, so both need to be in balance for your grass.
Rule of thumb: do a soil test once every couple of years.  You can buy a kit online, or over the phone, but the best place to get the resources is to talk to your local governing body as far as plants are concerned.  Your local garden center can probably direct you.

Quick release fertilizer

Speedy fertilizers may get to the grass quicker, but they have a greater chance of causing adverse chemical reactions, or burning the grass.
This also gets back to laziness; its better to take your time, and its better for your plants if the soil amendment feeds the plants over time.  This will help your plants grow deeper and better. ● OverwateringHow often do you think you need to mow your lawn?  If you said every day, that’s not necessarily correct.  The average lawn care service suggests that you only water about two days a week.  Lawn maintenance services aren’t required, but if you are going to water yourself, you might only need to water about once or twice a week. Test your lawn until you know for certain.

Watering at the wrong time
Don’t water in the middle of the day.  Water sometime during the morning, so that it has time to soak into the soil before the sun can hit the grass blades and start photosynthesis.

Don’t ignore safety precautions
Working in nature has hazards of its own, so you shouldn’t be outside without proper footwear. Working with garden tools?  Everything from hand tools to lawnmowers involves sharp edged blades, so eye protection, glove protection, and long sleeves/pants are a pretty good idea.

Dull mower blades
You know how shaving with a dull razor can injure your skin?  Lawnmowers work on the same principle.  If you don’t get your blade sharpened once or twice a year, at least, it will rip the grass instead of cutting it.  Or it won’t cut at all.  And this will promote disease in your grass.

Not aerating your lawn
Have you ever seen a park lawn, when those little dirt tubes are scattered all over the grass?  This is lawn aeration, where you poke holes in the soil to allow things to breathe.  OVer time, your lawn can be compacted, and when the soil is more dense, the grass will not be able to grow as deep or get nutrients.

Not using fresh gas
If you’re mowing your own lawn, not using a lawn mowing service, you want to avoid using gasoline that’s been sitting for months in the lawnmower.  Gas in California contains ethanol, which is going to harm a lot of parts in your small engine machines, if left to sit.  So cycle it regularly.

Not patching your lawn dead areas

This doesn’t take much, but if success eludes you, you can always call us for assistance.  If you have a dead area in your lawn, one possible solution may be using grass seed.  if you know what type of grass you have, you can scatter seed around the dying area, slowly, at first.  Eventually it will grow out and you can blend it in to your existing lawn.

That’s it.  Keep these in mind, or ask us about them at propper landscaping.

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