We know how frustrating it can be when your yard just won’t look the way you want it to. You water it, fertilize it, give it all the love and care you can and it’s still not as beautiful as you would like it to be. Here are 5 common things you might be doing to prevent your yard from thriving.
- Not mowing enough – You should be mowing your lawn at least once a week to get it looking thick and dense. The taller the grass, the less sun the blades get and the less lush looking your grass will be. If you miss a week, prevent scalping by cutting away just one-third of the height of the grass, and then cut it down to your desired height a few days later.
- Not mowing at the right time – Cutting the grass while it’s wet causes uneven cuts from wet blades bending and can spread disease more quickly – wet, freshly cut grass is more susceptible to organisms that carry disease. Mowing the lawn in the middle of the day can stress you and the lawn out.
- Over fertilizing – Too much fertilizer can burn the grass or cause it to grow too fast, which may lead to you cutting it too much. Only fertilize your lawn twice per year; once in the spring and once in the fall. Choose one that has about half of its total nitrogen as slow-release nitrogen so the fertilizer will supply your lawn with nutrients slowly over a few weeks.
- Over watering – More lawns are damaged by overwatering than under watering. Overwatering can cause the fertilizer to wash away, make the grass grow too quickly or make it easier for disease to spread. It’s best to water your grass once per week for about an hour in the late evening.
- Bugs are taking over – Mosquitoes and other pests can make enjoying your lush, green lawn difficult. Learn how our automated mosquito control systems and spray services can make your yard safe for family, friends and pets.