When it comes to lawn care and maintenance, you never know what you’re going to get. Maybe you’ve been cruising along, caring for your lawn and then all of the sudden you notice things aren’t looking quite right. Correct lawn care isn’t as easy as people think it is. If you’re only focused on what you’re lawn looks like instead of if what you’re doing right, then you could be making some costly mistakes. Here are three of the most common mistakes we here at Lawn Love tend to see in Austin lawns and how you can avoid them!
Shearing Your Lawn Within a Literal Inch of its Life
Mowing your lawn to the appropriate height is one of the easiest things you can do – but it’s also one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to lawn care. Let’s get real – rarely do people relish mowing their lawn. It’s a chore and you just want to get it over with. The less you have to do it the better, right? The problem with this “more is less” lawn care philosophy is it makes your lawn more susceptible to insects, weeds, and disease. Plus, short grass often becomes dried out and stressed when exposed to so much sun. Do your lawn a favor and never cut off more than one-third of a blade at a time.
Watering Too Much
If you think it’s hard to overwater your lawn, then the chance that you’re over-watering your lawn is probably pretty good. Can you have too much of a good thing? Yes. Yes, you can.
If you notice your grass shriveling and shrinking in the dog days of summer, your first impulse may be to give it some water because you think it’s dying. What you may fail to realize is grass is a plant, and there are certain seasons it will go dormant. If it’s dormant and you just pound it with water then you’re doing a lot more damage than you may realize.
So, don’t assume your lawn needs water when it’s looking a little sad – you risk doing a lot of damage.
Not Testing the Soil
If you want healthy grass then you have to have healthy soil. If you’ve never tested your soil or the last time you did Texas still had the Oilers as a football franchise, then you need to get on that.
See, healthy soil helps to nurture healthy roots. Healthy roots nurture healthy grass – and from there, the world is your Austin lawn care oyster. You can ensure healthy soil and beyond by testing the mineral makeup and composition of your soil to find out if it’s too compacted or nutrient deficient. Minor changes are probably all it really needs to flourish.
So there you have it – three Austin lawn care and maintenance mistakes you now know to avoid. Isn’t the internet amazing? If you feel you need some guidance to help get your lawn on track, contact the experts at Lawn Love today!