Seven Common Lawn Care Mistakes to Avoid
It can seem impossible to obtain the lush green lawn that your customer desires. No matter what, it ends up looking patchy and unkempt. Here are seven common lawn care mistakes that may be causing these lawn woes.
1. Watering Issues
In order to maintain a healthy lawn, the right amount of water must be applied at the right time. Typically, a green lawn requires an inch of water per week. This amount can vary depending on the climate you are working in. A common mistake is watering the lawn on a daily basis. This small amount of water is insufficient to reach the roots of the grass. The grass can dry up and become brown. On the opposite side of the spectrum, giving the lawn an inch of water all at once over-saturates the area. This means the majority of the water is running off and away from the roots of the grass. This also results in a brown and crispy lawn. The ideal method for watering the grass is giving it a third of an inch three times a week, early in the morning. This allows the roots to fully hydrate and retain water.
2. Incorrect Use of Fertilizer
Applying too much fertilizer can damage the lawn. Depending on the type of fertilizer, it can burn the grass. This will injure or destroy it. The burning is due to high levels of nitrogen typically found in lawn fertilizers, which makes the lawn brown and patchy. This can lead to other types of disease or problems. Be careful when putting fertilizer down. The best time to put down fertilizer is when the lawn is having a growth spurt. This generally occurs during the start of spring or the beginning of fall, depending on your climate. It’s best to use a slow-release fertilizer, so the lawn doesn’t burn. Make sure to test the soil, so you can purchase the correct fertilizer to replace minerals that are lacking.