Grass Treatment Myths We Wish Everyone Knew
Incorrect lawn care treatment information abounds and can lead to mistakes that ruin the beauty of your yard. By knowing some of the most common grass treatment myths and replacing them with factual knowledge, you can keep your property looking great.
Spring dandelion treatment myth
Digging out dandelions in the spring before they go to seed can help remove them from your yard, but it won’t necessarily kill the roots. The best time to spray weed killer on dandelions is in the fall when they start storing food in the roots. Applying weed killer in the fall delivers the product to the roots and kills it.
Grass clippings lead to thatch myth
Thatch starts to build up when the turf can’t break down organic debris quickly enough, but as grass clippings are 75-80% water, they decompose quickly. Grass clippings can add nitrogen to the soil as they decompose and as long as you don’t leave them in large, thick piles, they shouldn’t lead to thatch.
Moles equal grubs myth
Although moles eat grubs, having moles doesn’t mean you have a grub problem. Moles preferred food source is earthworms, which are actually good for your lawn. True indications of grubs include grass that’s easy to pull up and brown patches. It’s important to remember that treating for grubs won’t remove the moles from your lawn.
Spiked shoes for aeration myth
Wearing spiked shoes doesn’t effectively aerate the lawn because they cover too small an area and can actually further compact the soil. Spiked shoes can actually kill grubs though.
Cutting grass short for less frequent mowing myth
You may be able to add a few days in between mowing when you cut your crass too short, but you can also damage the lawn. Short grass lets sunlight reach weeds and those weeds have roots that crowd out the grass. Short grass has a shallower root system and may succumb easier in drought conditions. To keep your lawn healthy, never mow more than 1/3 of the grass blade surface at a time.
Daily watering for healthy lawn myth
The watering frequency required to keep your lawn healthy depend on the soil, grass type, air temperature and other factors. Frequent, short periods of watering don’t necessarily encourage healthy roots. Deep irrigation in less frequent intervals can actually lead to deeper roots and less disease.
Leaves require raking in fall myth
Raking leaves is often a matter of personal preference. Unless the leave lay in thick layers that allow disease development and smother grass, you can let them stay. Rather than raking leaves, you can mow over them to mulch them up. The leaves then decompose and help fertilize your lawn.
One of the biggest grass treatment myths is that you have to tackle mowing and other lawn care tasks alone. With the right tree and landscaping care professionals, your New Haven property can always look its best. Professional lawn care assistance frees up time so you can spend it doing what you love.