Having the greenest lawn in the neighborhood takes a lot of work and a lot of knowledge to accomplish. To help your lawn get started on the right track, we have provided you with the 5 of the most common lawn care mistakes homeowners make when trying to get their lawn on track.
Cutting Lawn Too Short
Mowing grass too short is very harmful to the plant and can actually put it into shock. Cutting off too much of the grass blade will limit its ability to absorb sunshine, which allows it to perform photosynthesis through its leaves and make food. It also weakens the root system.
Set the mower height to about 2 1/2 inches and never cut off more than 1/3 of the grass blade at any one time. The grass will develop a deeper root system to support the longer blades and need less water.
Watering Wrong Time Of Day
Don’t water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. It is best to water between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. There’s usually less wind, less sun, and your lawn has all day to dry.
In the middle of the day, water evaporates too quickly. And in the evenings, water can cling to the blades of grass overnight, which can cause lawn diseases.
Fertilizing Out Of Season
It is best to apply fertilizer when the grass is rapidly growing, not during the hot summer when the grass wants to go dormant anyway. Fertilizing at this time will require more water to support the increased growth.
Fall fertilization is important for root growth and will give the lawn a boost next Spring. Late spring, late summer, and after the last mow of the year are ideal times to fertilize.
Not Testing Soil
Most homeowners just plant grass willy nilly. Grass thrives in soil with a pH of 6 to 6.5.
Send a soil sample to your local extension service for testing and they’ll tell you what your soil needs to make your grass healthy.
Mowing With Dull Mower Blades
Dull mower blades actually tear grass blades leaving them looking brown on the tips and making them more prone to disease and insect damage.
It is recommended to sharpen your lawnmower blades at the beginning of each season and possibly once more about mid-way through the season.
What Month Do You Start Mowing?
Typically we like to get started mowing lawns late in May or early in June. However, weather patterns can move these dates up or push them back.
What Is The Best Time Of Day To Mow?
The best time to mow your lawn is throughout the morning and evening hours. When the sun is at its peak, your lawn is busy photosynthesizing and trying to keep moisture in and mowing during this time can actually stress your lawn.
Is It Good To Cut The Grass Before It Rains?
Mowing your lawn right before it rains is actually the best time to mow. However, if you miss the rain and still need to mow afterwards, check to see if the blades of grass in your lawn are standing straight or bent over. If they are bent over, wait an hour or so until they are standing straight because cutting bent blades of grass can lead to a less clean cut.
Can You Cut Your Grass Too Often?
Yes you can. If you cut your grass too often can be just as damaging as letting it grow too tall. The rule of thumb here is to never cut more than one-third of the blade of grass.
Do You Have Mowing Questions?
With over 25 years experience mowing all types of lawn throughout Minneapolis, we know a lot. If you have questions about your lawn and you want expert advice, contact us and we will do our best to answer your questions.