Garden and lawn care often involves more than just weekly mowing and watering to keep your property looking fantastic; it requires a combination of knowledge, skill, and experience. If you are taking on any garden maintenance at home, it is important to be aware of the common mistakes we make that can cause our gardens to be less healthy than they could be. This blog discusses the top five lawn care mistakes and how to avoid them.
1. Planting Grass In Places Where It Will Not Grow
Grasses are primarily sun-loving plants that tolerate little shade. If you want to add green to a shady spot, it is better to choose ground covers that thrive in low-light conditions rather than futile attempts at growing grass.
2. Excessive Watering
More isn’t always better when it comes to watering the lawn. Overwatering can actually cause more damage than underwatering, so it is best to be on the safe side. Wet thatch and soil can attract harmful insects, increase risk of turf disease, and eventually kill the grass.
Allow sufficient time between watering to allow the grass to dry because it can discourage the deep root systems required by the lawn to survive dry spells. Deep watering once a week is better than frequent, shallow watering because it promotes deep, resilient grass roots.
3. Using Too Much Fertiliser
Over fertilising plants or adding fertiliser at the wrong time are common mistakes made by homeowners, which can lead to unwanted yard issues. This can include lawn burn, grass diseases, and plants that grow their leaves too quickly. Using a slow-release fertiliser is advised to help reduce the likelihood of any issues that over fertilising could cause.
4. Excessive Pruning
Over pruning can actually hurt your plant, even if it may be important to help a plant develop effectively. Cutting too many branches off will leave the plant with nowhere to channel its energy, so the advisable way to tackle pruning is to remove the plant’s most vulnerable areas first and then let it recover.
5. Cutting The Grass Too Short
One of the most frequent errors when it comes to lawn maintenance is cutting the grass too short. Over-mowing is a common approach for people to save a little time or energy by making the grass shorter and so minimising the need to mow. Because the weak root systems of grass are unable to take in all the nutrients it needs, this poorly thought-out time-saving method actually causes damage to your lawn. Instead, when mowed to approximately 2 and a half to 3 inches, the majority of grasses grow well.
For more than 20 years, DBY Property Maintenance has provided professional landscaping and garden services to Sydney residents, commercial clients and owners of acreage properties. If you would like assistance with your lawn or garden, our experienced team will gladly assist and get your property looking immaculate in no time.