There are a number of common misunderstandings about lawn care. Finding the right answers to your lawn-related questions can feel like wading through quicksand. So, we’ve outlined four of the most common lawn care myths that we hear from our customers.
1. Mowing My Lawn Shorter Means I Won’t Need To Mow As Much
It may seem like a good idea to save time and energy by cutting your lawn as short as possible. That way it will take longer to grow out of control again, right? Well, not really. While this may work out in the short term, cutting your grass too low can actually damage it leaving you with nothing left to mow. When you cut your grass too short you risk exposing the root system to too much sun, eventually leaving you with dry, brown spots.
2. You Should Always Water Daily
There is a tendency for some people to water their lawns just a little bit every single day. The problem with this method is that it causes your lawn to grow shallow roots and become dependent on a daily dose. Instead, water once a week for a longer period of time. Your lawn needs around one inch of water each week, so the duration of your weekly watering will vary depending upon the size of your yard.
3. You Have To Bag Your Clippings
Rumor has it that leaving your grass clippings on your lawn is a sure fire way to create thatch. Thatch is a layer of decaying organic matter that builds up between your grass and the soil. While some amount of thatch is totally normal, excess thatch can attract unwanted pests. However, your grass clippings are not causing you any troubles. In fact, the clippings left on your lawn are nearly all water and decompose quickly since they’re already partially broken down.
4. You should Water Your Lawn In The Afternoon
It may seem like watering the lawn in the hottest part of the day is the best way to keep it healthy and green. However, in the heat of the summer sun, much of that precious water will end up evaporating before it has a chance to do any good for your grass. The best time of day to water your lawn is in the morning between 4am and 10am. This allows time for the water to seep into the soil and nourish your grass before the temperature rises too much.
Don’t let these myths get in the way of your goal to have the healthiest lawn on the block. If lawn care success seems to be constantly evading you, give us a call. One of our lawn care specialists will happily visit your home and give you a free estimate. The faster you get your lawn on point, the more fun you can have enjoying it with your family.