A beautiful, well-kept lawn is a source of great pride for many homeowners. In order to maintain a healthy lawn, it takes hours of work and work, including regular watering,
cutting and fertilizing. A well-kept lawn shows that you are proud of the look of your home. And all that can really pay off when it comes to selling your house.
However, your lawn can also be a source of abdominal pain. Reason: Many well-intentioned and proactive homeowners make mistakes in lawn care that produce horrific and
depressing results. A little too much love can, well, too much.
If your lawn looks particularly sickly, it could be your fault. Think about your lawn care and ask yourself: Have you made any of the following mistakes? The answer to solving
your turf problems might be to realize that you've been ruining all the time.
1. Proper watering
Water management is the most important ingredient if a beautiful Lawn, Clint Waltz, professor and turf extension specialist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental
Sciences at the University of Georgia. How much water does your lawn need per week? "If you have good rain, it's good to just pour one centimeter of water a week," says Waltz.
If you are in an area such as Central California that does not get that much rain, then you must give a helping hand with more frequent watering. To check how much water
your lawn gets each week, skip several cups and measure the water level at the end of seven days. An
irrigation system can help your lawn maintain the needed water and
maintain a consistent irrigation schedule. Some sprinkler systems even have rain or humidity sensors to detect water levels and turn the system on and off.
Diversity is not just the spice of life - it's also a necessary ingredient for a healthy lawn, says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs at the National
Association of Landscape Professionals in Fairfax, VA.
"If you're planting grass seeds, choose a variety of seeds so your lawn will weather rather bad conditions like heat and drought," she advises.
You also have to choose the best grass for your environment.
"Species selection is crucial, and you need to understand which species fits which location," says Waltz. For example, he says, Bermuda grass does not do well in shady environments. Also, if you live in the
central California Valley with hot summers and mild winters, consider such warm season lawn species like St. Augustine grass, Zoysia grass and Centipede grass.
However, living in the northern region and experiencing bitter cold winters, caning fins, Kentucky bluegrass and German ryegrass are better bets.
Some people live in regions with extreme weather. Kentucky bluegrass, Tall fescue, Zoysia grass and Bermuda grass are good choices for these areas. Waltz recommends that you ask your local County Extension agent or university specialist which grasses grow best in your area.
3. Taking your soil health seriously
A healthy lawn starts under the surface in the ground.
"If your soil is compacted or lacking nutrients are missing, grass will not thrive no matter how hard you try," says Henriksen.
He recommends aerating your lawn every one to two years, depending on your type of floor. When aerating, small holes are placed in the lawn so that water, air and nutrients can reach the ground.
"A soil test should be performed at least every three years to determine what nutrients are needed to use the right fertilizer," says Henriksen. Once you determine the right kind of fertilizer, she says, it must be applied properly.
"Correct means the right season, in the right quantities and with the right applicator," she says. "And you should consult the manufacturer's recommendations for guidance."
4. Mow your lawn at the proper time
Contrary to what you can see on lawnmower advertising, most homeowners are not excited about mowing their lawn. But when the time is right, it's important to mow the lawn in the right conditions.
"In general, grass should be trimmed to 2½ to 3 inches, depending on the grass species, and not more than a third of the grass blade should be removed at the same time," says Henriksen. If it is at or below this altitude, consider "Grass cut too short, too short a grass will make the blades harder and more susceptible to disease," she says.
Mowing wet grass is another mistake many homeowners make. Moisture pollutes the blades of grass and makes it difficult to get a clean, straight cut. The wet clippings also clump and make the lawn appear uneven.
If the blades are not kept sharp, the cuts are ragged and this increases the likelihood that the grass will develop disease and attract pests.
You should also refrain from mowing your lawn in the same direction each time. Otherwise you will create
ruts in the grass.
5. Knowing environmental stressors
Environmental stressors are conditions that affect the ability of grass to thrive.
"These stress factors include excessive levels of rainfall, drought, extreme temperatures, construction and pedestrian traffic," says Henriksen, "and everyone can take their toll on the health of your lawn."
For example, if you flood your grass, excessive moisture creates the perfect conditions for weeds, leaf rot, and leaf spots.
"Over-fertilized lawns are also prone to weeds, while high-traffic lawns may have compacted floors, which is problematic for their health," she explains. Too much foot traffic will prevent water from reaching the roots, and when that happens, a brown lawn will remain.
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