We love sharing ideas designed to keep your lawn healthy and looking its best. In this issue, however, we’ll talk about the worst things that many homeowners unknowingly and commonly do to their lawn.
As always, if you have ideas for transforming your lawn into the outdoor living space of your dreams or just need help with general lawn maintenance, get in touch with the San Diego landscape experts at Juniper Landscape Company. Our number is 619-334-9464.
Scalping your lawn.
Mowing your lawn so low that the stems of the grass blades are exposed essentially sends your grass into shock. By scalping the lawn, you’re robbing it of its ability to provide nutrients to its roots through photosynthesis. This often results in a weakened lawn easily overtaken by weeds, insects, and disease. Rather than setting your mower on its lowest setting, raise the blade so that you’re not cutting more than a third from the grass blades.
Mowing your lawn when it’s wet.
It will be difficult to get a straight cut with your lawn if the blades are wet. That’s because the dampened blades will droop rather than stand straight up. Because the wet clippings will also be subject to clumping, you’re either going to have to rake them or risk having the still-growing grass underneath be starved of sunlight.
Another reason to avoid mowing your grass when it’s wet is the fact that freshly cut wet grass blades are more vulnerable to disease-carrying organisms. In addition, the chlorophyll contained in the wet grass will stain practically everything it meets.
Applying too much fertilizer.
This can harm your lawn in a number of ways. Chief among them is burning – or scorching – your lawn. This happens because of the salts contained in fertilizers that draw out the moisture of your grass, leading to browning or yellowing of your grass leaves. Another drawback to too much fertilizer is that it can cause your grass to grow too high, too quickly.
Overwatering your lawn.
Waterlogging your lawn can make it much more likely to experience fungi growth and experience diseases. When your grass is soaked in water, its roots have little room for oxygen.
We’re all about keeping your lawn looking great. If you want an entirely new lawn or simply need expert care with regular maintenance, we’d love to help you out.
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