Common Spring Lawn Care Mistakes to Avoid

When spring comes, the first thing that pops inside your head is your lawn. Mowing the grass, applying the fertilizers, and planting new seeds are some of the most common ways to enhance the beauty of your lawns. However, during the course of lawn care, you might commit some mistakes that may prove harmful for your lawn.

Here are some common mistakes that you need to avoid while taking care of your lawn.

Not Doing a Soil Test

You can’t plant a seed in unhealthy soil and expect it to yield a healthy plant. When conducting a soil test, you should consider three questions. Number one: what is the pH level of your soil? The optimal pH level for fertile soil ranges between 6 and 6.5. Secondly, are there are any deficiencies in your soil? Lastly, what kind of fertilizers you need in order to increase your soil’s fertility?

Planting a Single Type of Seeds

While it is important to plant the right seeds, you need to make sure that you plant different kinds of seeds. A turf with different kinds of seeds has the ability to withstand harsh weather conditions like heat and drought. The perfect combination you need for your lawn is 50% blue grass and 50% fescue. Fescue increases the durability of your lawn, while blue grass increases the softness of your grass.

Watering at the Wrong Time

Another common mistake people make is watering at the wrong time of the day. It is best if you water between 6am and 10am. When you water your lawn early in the morning, it has the whole day to dry. Similarly, watering during the night can cause fungus and mildew to develop.

Applying too Much Fertilizer

Fertilizers can improve the life and health of your lawn, but over-fertilizing can do the exact opposite. When you apply too much fertilizer, it can limit root growth and increase leaf growth. It can even burn down your lawn, which can cost you a lot of time and money. In order to keep your lawn healthy and safe, apply small amounts of slow release fertilizer. You do not need to apply it frequently, and it does not carry the risk of burning your lawn down.

Using Dull Lawn Mowers

A lawnmower that is slow and dull will tear away the blades of your grass. Torn blades result in a pale yellow color, which makes your grass appear unhealthy. Torn blades are also prone to disease and pests. In order to keep your grass safe, tune your lawnmower and sharpen its blades before you trim your grass with it.

If you want your lawn to be healthy and green, make sure not to commit the above-mentioned mistakes.   Contact Fresh Cut Lawn and Landscape now to discuss ways to improve your property this Spring. We can be reached at (586) 739-6646 or (248) 650-3600.  We hope we can assist you soon!