When it comes to caring for your lawn, there are many factors to consider, and too many of those factors revolve around misinformation. It could also be due to misrepresentation by your local hardware store when they start pushing out lawn care products. See the top lawn care myths below and the actual truths to kick those myths to the side to keep your lawn looking great year-round.
Myth 1 – “Water your lawn every day”
It may seem necessary to water your grass every day, especially when the weather heats up and the sun is beating on it daily. But watering it too much can make your grass water-dependent. Instead of watering your grass daily, pick one day a week to and for a longer duration.
Myth 2 – “I should cut my grass short, so I won’t have to mow often”
When cutting your grass, you may feel like the shorter you can cut it, the less you will have to be out cutting the grass! And this may be convenient for you timewise, so you aren’t out every week cutting your lawn, but this can have a negative impact on your lawn. When you cut your grass short, you can expose the dirt underneath to the sun which will in turn cause browning of the grass and increase diseases, weeds or bugs.
Myth 3 – “Leaving grass clippings on the lawn can lead to thatch build-up”
Thatch is the layer of dead and living shoots that develops between your lawn and the soil which leads many people to think that the layer is due to lose grass clippings left on the grass, but really the buildup happens from over-watering and or too much fertilization. When you leave the grass clippings on the grass it helps your soil by adding moisture and nutrients but make sure those grass clippings are cut up, you can use a mulcher on a lawnmower to do so.
Myth 4 – “You should fertilize your lawn in the spring”
Your local hardware stores will start putting lawn fertilizer out on the sales floor in the spring. Which prompts consumers to buy the fertilizer and makes it seem like an opportune time to apply the fertilizer to your lawn. If you fertilize in the spring though this can lead to overgrowth. Fertilizing does depend on the climate in your location, so be sure to check with local experts, but usually does best when your grass is already actively growing.
Myth 5 – “Watering at night is best”
Watering at night when the air is cooler, and the sun won’t shine for hours can lead to fungus and other diseases. The best time to water is first thing in the morning. Mornings give the water plenty of time to be absorbed.
Myth 6 – “Wear shoes with spikes will aerate your lawn”
There is a belief that by wearing spiked shoes while you mow your lawn, you can accomplish two things at once – You can aerate your lawn and cut your grass! But doing both isn’t as efficient as it may seem. The spike shoes will most likely leave you with an overabundance of holes and probably not to the depth that is needed. You may also find that the process of trying to do two jobs at the same time will take you more time as you need to have more of a process to do the aeration correctly and may take more manual labor.