Avoid Mistakes That Make You Look Like a Lawn Care Rookie

Want a lush green lawn? It may seem almost unattainable, but with the right lawn care measures in place, you're halfway there.
Below are the six-yard care mistakes to keep off to obtain that perfect-looking lawn:

Cutting grass too low or high

Grass, like any other plant, requires leaves to make food—which is vital for the growth process. Mowing too short deprives your lawn the ability to absorb adequate sunlight needed for photosynthesis (food manufacturing process). Hence, that leads to starvation—a situation that can kill or make your lawn more vulnerable to weeds and diseases.

Avoid cutting back more than a third of the grass blades in a single cutting to allow for adequate grass regeneration and thickening.
Higher cutting encourages the development of a broad and deep root system, reduces weed problems, and enhances your lawn's appeal. However, too high of cutting can as well end up turning your beautiful lawn into a den of mosquitoes and dangerous "animals" like snakes. In addition, high blades can make the moving process more difficult.

Applying too much fertilizer

Not all brownish spots and patches on your lawn signify nutrient deficiency. Sometimes excessive fertilizer an application can lead to such occurrences, and this is especially true for lawn fertilizers that come with high levels of nitrogen.
Over application not only affects the health of your grass but also makes it more vulnerable to pests and diseases, and to the extreme, may lead to the death of the plant. Soil test, should, therefore, be your primary task before even establishing a lawn—as it guides you on the right types and amounts of fertilizer to feed your lawn for the right amount of nutrients.
Consider using a slow-release fertilizer as it reduces burning risk in the event of excessive application. It also cuts down your mowing frequency while positively impacting your lawn quality.

Not mulching the clippings

Most homeowners often collect grass clippings after mowing, perhaps, to make their lawns look greener, neat, and clean. However, leaving the clippings on the lawn to decompose is a great way to keep the soil moist, enhance its nutrient content while also preventing soil compaction. All these work to ensure a lush, green, and healthy lawn.
Mulching grass clippings also help reduce thatch, and most importantly, doesn't cause thatch build-up. Just ensure that the clippings don't clump together (by raking them out). Otherwise, the thick layer can suffocate the lawn.

Mowing with dull blades

It's no doubt that you're fast-killing your lawn when you use dull blades to cut. Dull blades tear the grass, leaving behind uneven ends, cause discoloration and make the grass more susceptible to diseases.
Consider sharpening your mower blade at least twice or thrice a year. And if need be, more often—especially if you find it hard to mow without scalping the ground. Sharp blades help reduce stress on your lawn as well as on your lawn mower.

Inadequate watering

It's one of those lawn care mistakes you never want to commit as it can kill the sparkle of your lawn. Grassroots require water to survive and lack of water or inadequate supply can easily lead to the plant's death.
Adequate and proper watering mechanisms are vital in order to ensure an evergreen and healthy lawn. Water infrequently, evenly, slowly, and early in the day to allow your lawn to dry the rest of the day. In any case, early watering also helps to minimize evaporation loss.


Overwatering encourages shallow roots, which imply that your grass won't be able to reach for the nutrients and moisture deep under the soil. This scenario is one that makes your lawn more susceptible to diseases and drought.
However, less frequent and deep watering allows for the development of a deep root system to ensure your lawn stays healthy, robust, and green over the seasons.
Generally, 1-1.5 inches of water in a week will do for most lawns, but this may vary depending on your area's climate, type of soil, and grass species. But you can always consult with your local landscaper if in doubt.

Final Thoughts on Lawn Care

In addition to the above lawn care mistakes, never cut a damp or wet lawn. It not only causes ruts but may also bring about permanent damage to your yard.
More often than not, the wet grass cuttings clump together, thus chocking the grass, which then turns brown. If mowed in the stressed state, such a lawn can experience permanent damage. Avoid these lawn care mistakes, and you'll have a carpet of emerald to be envied.
Avoid Mistakes That Make You Look Like a Lawn Care Rookie Avoid Mistakes That Make You Look Like a Lawn Care Rookie Reviewed by Pravesh Kumar Maurya on August 15, 2019 Rating: 5

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