When it comes to lawn maintenance, homeowners sometimes fall for myths surrounding them. Despite the availability of information from blogs, magazines and even from companies specializing in lawn care, people still cling to these myths which can negatively impact the quality of a lawn. Many of these myths might be well-meaning but studies indicate that these can hurt your lawn and following these do not provide any value.
What are these myths about lawn maintenance you should watch for?
- Contrary to the belief held by some people, there are several types of grasses, each with its own set of requirements when it comes to irrigation, mowing and maintenance. Taking into consideration these differences will allow you to take better care of your lawn and help you pick the suitable equipment.
- You might think that shaving a considerable amount off the leaf blades of the grass will translate to time savings and less effort. If you cut the grass too short, you may pay the price later on in the form of stressed grass that will not grow optimally.
- Bagging the clippings. Some property owners think that it is best to bag grass clippings after each mowing session. However, by doing this, you are missing some of the benefits that leaving grass clippings on the lawn can offer. Leaving grass clippings on the lawn helps return vital nutrients to the soil as they decompose. If you decide to bag grass clippings, set aside a portion of them for composting.
- Concentrate your attention on the grass. Another common myth about lawn care is that you should focus your time and effort on the grass. On the contrary, ample attention should also be given to the soil as it serves as the foundation for a healthy lawn. Be certain it’s tested regularly to let you pick the best fertilizer.
- As your lawn becomes blanketed in snow, you can take a rest from your typical lawn care tasks. However, you should take advantage of the time by keeping your tools and equipment. By way of example, you can look over your lawn mower and assess whether it needs sharper blades or missing components. Come spring time, you will be ready to go back to your regular lawn maintenance tasks.