If you are working hard to maintain your lawn, but you have a lot of dead spots or unhealthy grass, it might be due to using the wrong techniques. Here are some common mistakes to be sure you avoid.
Using Fertilizer Incorrectly
Make sure you are using fertilizer on your lawn regularly, as it helps to grow healthy grass. However, don't just assume you can use any fertilizer and choose when to use it on the lawn. You need to be careful about when to fertilize the lawn, based on where you live. If you live in the South, it is typically better to fertilize your grass in the spring and once again near the end of summer. If you live more close to the Northern regions, your landscape might recommend fertilizing in the spring, summer, and in the fall. However, you can ask a professional exactly when and how often is best. Some good lawn fertilizers include time-release fertilizers and gradual release fertilizers.
Cutting Too Much Grass
Mowing the lawn regularly is another important aspect of taking good care of the lawn, but there is such a thing as too much. If you cut your lawn too short, it will have a harder time growing back since the grass becomes stressed. You need a little flexibility in the grass so that it can recover from being mowed, which requires having it a little taller than what you might think. Try mowing more often, but cutting less at a time. You can accomplish a really good mowing job by using a high-quality lawnmower.
Not Following the Proper Watering Method
When it comes to watering your lawn, you want to water it less often, but much deeper during each time. This is the recommendation when you are doing the watering yourself, as opposed to using sprinklers. It is often better to water it yourself as nothing is missed and you have full control over how much water the grass gets. Plus, the sprinkler will keep running even during a rainy day, which is a major waste of your local water supply. Don't water during the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest. This is when it is the hottest outside, which can cause the watered lawn to dry before it provides essential hydration and nutrients.
Hire a landscape professional if you are still struggling to keep your lawn healthy and vibrant.