Lawn Maintenance Tips - 3 Common Mistakes and a Whopper

Hank Kerfoot - Thursday, September 27, 2012


Common lawn maintenance mistakes to avoid for a lush and healthy lawn.

Proper lawn maintenance helps keep your lawn looking green and healthy all year long. To achieve maximum health for your lawn, avoid making these three common mistakes.

1. Rake up grass clippings: Many homeowners make the common mistake of raking up the grass clippings. Grass clippings, if not too long should be left behind to provide additional nourishment for your lawn. Grass clippings are great natural mulch.

2. Water at night: Watering at night is another common mistake. Homeowners don’t realize that standing water for a period of time can cause damage to the lawn. The grass should be watered in the early morning before the sun rises. That way, when the sun rises, it will begin to evaporate the excess moisture.

3. Never fertilize: Fertilization is necessary for your lawn to maintain a green and lush appearance. Grass needs nutrients to flourish, and fertilizing your lawn is the best way to provide those nutrients. Fertilizing should be done at least four times a year. These times are early spring, early summer, late summer, and fall.

While those three mistakes are common, there’s one that’s the biggest of all: Neglecting to apply pre-emergent herbicides in the spring and fall. An ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure. With a toll on the environment and strain on the pocket book, nobody likes to use chemicals if they don’t need to. However, it’s infinitely easier to prevent weeds than to remove them. Just be very careful using these products, as many are impregnated on fertilizers carrying too much nitrogen fertilizer, which can cause problems with some grasses receiving fall applications.

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