If you are under the assumption that taking care of your lawn is an easy process, you may need to think again. It’s not as simple as you may think and if you have not done proper research, you may actually be damaging your lawn without even knowing it. Down below, you will see various things that you should never (under no circumstance) do to your lawn.
Scalp Your Lawn
In your day to day life, you have probably known someone who liked to scalp their lawn. Hopefully, you weren’t (or aren’t currently) one of those people. For those of you who don’t know what this means, it’s when you cut your lawn too short (leaving only a third of the grass). Sometimes, you will see people wait a few weeks and then scalp their lawn. This will end up destroying any life your lawn has. However, when you leave your grass cut at a decent length the roots will grow deeper. In turn, this will make your grass thicker and more full of life. For an added bonus, this will also help cut down on the number of weeds in the lawn. Yes, this does require you to mow more frequently but your lawn will look so much better.
Overfertilize and Overwater Your Lawn
One really difficult aspect of maintaining a lawn is not falling into the trap of overfertilizing and overwatering it. If you do happen to over fertilize your lawn, you may start to notice some dead spots. The good news is as long as you follow the directions on whatever fertilizer bag you purchase, you should be alright. As far as overwatering your lawn goes, it can be just as impactful as not giving it enough water. If you do happen to lay fertilizer down and too much water is applied (not counting rain as that is not under your control), it will wash away the fertilizer. Plus, too much water can make your lawn grow faster than it should. This can then lead to scalping.
Mow with Dull Blades
It’s common sense that a dull blade is not going to cut as well as a sharp blade. However, outside of not getting a good cut, dull blades can also hurt your lawn in the long run. Due to the fact that they are not going to produce a clean cut (as they will roughly rip the grass apart), they can make your lawn more susceptible to dead spots. How do you know, though, when your blades are too dull? If you notice that there are white spots in your lawn after mowing, then you need to sharpen your blades. To prevent this from happening in the first place, it’s a good idea to give your lawn mower a tune-up the first time you use it for the year.
Mow in the Morning
Unfortunately, this one can be tough. For some of you, there is probably no other time of day to mow your lawn than bright and early in the morning. However, this is something that must be avoided (if possible). Early in the morning, the grass is wet thanks to the dew. Here lies the major problem. It is never a good idea to mow grass when it’s wet. What happens is when mower blades cut wet grass, they tend to bend which makes a straight cut nearly impossible. On top of that, you will notice huge clumps of grass all over your lawn. This will also create large amounts of grass build-up on the deck of the mower. If you can, mow your lawn when the grass is dry.
Mow in the Same Pattern
While this last one will not kill or cause harm to your lawn, it’s still important. When you mow your lawn, you generally go in a pattern. Whether this is a diagonal pattern, left to right, or up to down, it’s wise to vary it up from time to time. If you are constantly mowing your lawn in the same pattern, you can end up missing some of the grass. However, if after you go left to right you go up to down, you will cover your entire lawn. Again, this is the least important tip of them all but it’s something to keep in mind.
Now, you should have a good idea on how to properly take care of your lawn. If you have any other questions on anything lawn mower-related, then it would be in your best interest to check out www.lawnmowerlane.com as it’s a great resource.