Caring for a lawn is a lot of work, and it’s because of this that it’s actually really easy to make mistakes and cause unintentional damage. That’s okay, it happens more often than you might think! Avoiding these mistakes can make your life a lot easier and help you maintain a healthy lawn. There are some mistakes that happen more often than others, and these are some of them.
Cutting the Grass Too Short
It can be tempting to give your grass a major cut—getting it nice and short will keep it looking tidy, and you won’t have to cut it again for a while. Unfortunately, cutting your grass too short will weaken it and leave it vulnerable to disease. This can lead to major problems down the line that aren’t worth those weeks you got to skip mowing.
Not Sharpening Mower Blades
A lot of people don’t sharpen their mower blades, and this is a big problem. Cutting your grass with dull mower blades is like trying to cut a steak with a butter knife. If the blades are dull, they won’t produce a clean cut, and instead, they’ll shred the blades of grass and leave them damaged. This will leave the tips of the grass blades brown, and they won’t be able to absorb moisture properly.
Mowing in the Same Direction
You need to change up your weekly mowing routine to avoid “the lean.” When you mow in the same direction week after week, it pushes the grass sideways and creates an unsightly lean that makes the grass more difficult to mow. If your lawn is going horizontal, run a rake through it to help the grass stand back up before you mow it.
Overwatering and underwatering are some of the most common lawn care mistakes. It can be difficult to know how much water your lawn needs, making it easy to give it too much or too little—both of which are equally problematic. Even if you have an automatic irrigation system, you need to keep an eye on the weather and make sure it’s turned off on rainy days or that the amount of water being dispensed is appropriate for the temperature.
Wrong Grass Type
There are cool-season grasses and warm-season grasses—which type you choose should be determined by the climate you live in. Choosing warm-season grass when you live in an area that experiences winter temperatures that get below freezing is a bad idea, as is choosing cool-season grass when you live in a climate that experiences summer temperatures that regularly hit triple-digits. Be smart about what kind of grass you choose to make your life easier and ensure the best result.
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