Common Lawn Mistakes and What to Look For

You understand that maintaining a lush, healthy lawn requires a fair amount of effort, and you're not afraid to get your hands dirty, but your hard work does not seem to be paying off. Where are you going wrong? If the lawn at your Florida home or business isn't looking its best despite your best efforts, then one or more of these common, do-it-yourself lawn mistakes may be to blame.

Damaging Grass With Dull Blades

Dull lawnmower blades don't cut grass neatly; they rip it. Cutting your grass with a dull lawnmower blade leaves it looking ragged. Worse, the resulting damage to the plant makes it harder for your grass to absorb water effectively, and this weakens the lawn and sets the stage for disease. How can you tell if your mower's blade needs sharpening? Look closely at the tops of your grass. If the tips seem torn or shredded, then it's time to sharpen or replace your lawnmower's blade.

Cutting Grass While It's Wet

In today's busy world, everyone has a schedule to keep, but Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Cutting your grass while it's wet is a mistake because the wet clippings are likely to clump together and clog your mower. In addition, the wet, slippery conditions can increase the risk of an injury. If it rains right before you are due to cut the grass, it's best to reschedule your lawn care.

Cutting Grass Too Short

Scalping your grass weakens the plant, leaving it more vulnerable to disease. While it's tempting to try and stretch out the time between mowings by cutting your grass short, don't do it. To protect the health of your lawn, never take off more than one-third of the grass's height off. While the ideal height varies depending on the variety of grass in your yard, setting your mower to the correct height will generally result in thick, healthy grass that has a stronger root system. With strong roots, your grass will look lush and green and require less water to flourish.

Improper Watering

When it comes to watering, you can run into trouble with both timing and quantity. Watering during the hottest part of the day allows evaporation to steal away the water before your grass can benefit; watering at night facilitates the growth of fungus. Instead, water your lawn in the morning or evening. As for quantity, too much water results in a shallow root system that makes your grass more susceptible to various threats. It's better to water when your lawn's appearance suggests that it's necessary. If the grass begins to curl, looks blue-gray or fails to spring back when you walk on it, then it's time to water it.

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