Taking good care of your lawn has been likened to raising children. Give them too little attention and they’ll act out and problems ensue. Give them too much attention and you risk smothering them to the point they could rebel. The ideal situation for lawn care is the perfect balance in which you protect it from danger but don’t cause more harm than good.
Since doing too little involves getting involved or calling in a professional to handle your lawn care, let’s address those situations where you could be committing lawn abuse instead of helping your lawn be healthy. Avoid the “some is good, more is better” philosophy. It is easy to get caught up in watering, fertilizing, weed control, and even mowing and take it to an extreme that isn’t healthy for your lawn. Avoid these mistakes and you should enjoy a lush, healthy lawn:
- Overwatering – It might surprise you how many lawn problems begin from too much water. Overwatering can lead to fungus, shallow roots, diseases, and more. Timing is also important as watering during the heat of the day can scald your grass and not give it the chance to utilize the water.
- Fertilizer Overkill – Not paying attention to the soil and putting on fertilizers by the buckets is like an obsession turned into an addiction. You want the right type, right application, and right amount of fertilizer so you don’t burn the lawn or contaminate ground water. Too much fertilizer can make your grass grow nice leaves but if the root structure cannot support it, your lawn will fail. Going crazy with other chemicals is also dangerous.
- Choosing the Wrong Grass – There are many varieties of grass out there, but they are not all the right one for your climate. Consider that most big box retailers are nationwide, so they will carry grass seed for varieties that match most markets. Also, if you are new to your area, you might be tempted to go with what worked where you lived before. Now isn’t the time to recreate your old home. Go with what will perform best where you live, and you’ll be far happier with the result.
If you need help making your lawn the best it can be, give us a call at Carolina Turf and Mosquito. Our lawn care services are in line with what works here in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.