As spring arrives, homeowners are eager to express their creativity and improve their outdoor living spaces, but they must not overlook the important task of quality lawn care. To achieve an attractive and healthy lawn, it is crucial to avoid common mistakes that can cost time, energy, and money down the road. Brian Feldman, the director of technical operations at TruGreen, advises against a one-size-fits-all approach to lawn maintenance that can result in an unhealthy lawn.
TruGreen has identified the top five common mistakes in spring lawn care that homeowners must avoid to maintain a healthy and beautiful lawn.
Firstly, overwatering the lawn can lead to root suffocation, disease spread, and insect attraction. On average, a lawn needs about one inch of water per week, so it is crucial to adjust the watering schedule based on rainfall and water the lawn early in the morning to improve absorption.
Secondly, improper fertilization can be detrimental to lawn growth and health. Each grass type has specific fertilization requirements, and choosing the right fertilizer based on soil composition and following the instructions on the label for proper application rate and timing is critical.
Thirdly, bagging lawn clippings deprives the lawn of valuable nutrients, so it is better to use a mulching mower to chop up the clippings and nourish the soil.
Fourthly, mowing the lawn too short weakens the root system and leads to an unhealthy lawn. Taller grass is better equipped to withstand heat, drought, and pests, and cutting no more than one-third of the grass blade at a time is recommended. Keeping the mower blades sharp also helps achieve the best results.
Finally, overlooking weed prevention can crowd out healthy grass and deprive it of essential nutrients. Pre-emergent weed control in the spring and regular inspection of the lawn for weeds is critical to weed prevention.
Achieving and maintaining a healthy and lush lawn is possible by avoiding common mistakes and practicing proper lawn care techniques. Homeowners must remember to water their lawn properly, fertilize it correctly, use mulching mowers, cut the grass to the right length, and prevent weed growth. By following these tips, homeowners can enjoy a beautiful and thriving lawn throughout the year.
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