The guy in the picture at the bottom of this post mistakenly killed 40,000 square feet of his lawn after using the wrong chemical application (click here for that story). Don’t be like this guy. All in all, many people are successfully able to take care of their lawn maintenance needs without the help of a professional; however, that often comes by trial and error. We’re hoping we can curb some of your errors by pointing out a few of the most common maintenance mistakes we see:
Mowing too soon after installation can be detrimental to the health of your new lawn. Before mowing for the first time after installation, it is important to make sure that your new sod has taken root to the ground.
Depending on the variety of grass you have, mowing your lawn at the incorrect height can seriously harm the grass and cause damage that is costly and difficult to repair. Various types of sod require different mowing heights and mower types. It is important to cater to your lawn & the type of care that specific variety needs.
If you let your lawn get too long, not mowing often enough can impact the overall health of your lawn. It is traumatic to your lawn to have more than 1/2 the leaf blade cut off at once. For instance, if your grass is 6 inches tall, mowing it less than 3 inches is unhealthy. It is best to cut smaller amounts at a time off by mowing regularly.
Not keeping your mower blades sharp is another mistake many homeowners make when caring for their lawn. It is important that when mowing, your grass is cut in a clean, even manner, rather than being bent/torn by old, dull blades.
Overwatering your lawn can lead to serious health problems. When your lawn is too wet due to excess water, it is more prone to diseases and fungus infections. While different varieties have different irrigation requirements, it is important to be mindful of the amount of water your lawn is receiving. If you’ve received a lot of rainfall, you may need to adjust your irrigation system temporarily to prevent overwatering. There are actually handy devices that connect to your irrigation system to automatically shut off your irrigation system based on the amount of rainfall received.
While overwatering is bad for your lawn, so is underwatering. Your lawn needs water to survive, and while some varieties of grass are more drought-tolerant than others, each type will be its healthiest if receiving adequate water supply.
Chemical Treatment Mistakes
Many people believe fertilizer is a cure-all for sod problems. The problem here is that fertilizing correctly can be tricky if you’re not overly knowledgeable on the topic. Your fertilization treatment plan should consider your water supply, the time of year, the type of sod you are fertilizing, the location of your lawn, in addition to other factors.
Like fertilizer, your weed killer and pesticide applications will take some skill to get right, which is why we always recommend hiring a professional. You can think of any type of chemical application similar to a prescription that your doctor prescribes you – too much, too little, mixing with other compounds or outside influences can cause way more harm than good.