1. Neglecting your soil – Don’t guess…soil test! A green, lush, healthy lawn stats with good soil. Healthy soil includes a good texture, to proper nutrients and a balanced pH level. The ideal pH level is between 6.5 & 7. If the pH level is below 6.5, the soil is too acidic. Acidic soil can be brought to neutral level by applying Lime. If the pH level is above 7, your soil is too alkaline and needs a sulfur application. Within minutes we are able to tell you the pH level of your soil. Just give us a call and we will come test the pH of your soil for no charge! People often neglect their soil by not relieving compaction. Soil easily becomes compacted from everyday foot traffic and weekly mowing. By aerating your lawn in the Spring and Fall you will notice a huge difference in your lawn. The root system becomes deeper and produces thick, luscious, green grass. Aeration is a very cost effective way to reduce compaction.
  2. Improper MowingDull Lawn Mower blades tear the grass rather than providing a clean cut. The tearing of plant tissue can create a breeding ground for insects and disease. Another common mistake is cutting your grass too short. This encourages weed growth, increases heat stress during the hot summer months and makes your lawn more susceptible to insects and disease. You should never remove more than 1/3 of the grass at one time.
  3. Too much / Too little watering – Water is vital to all life. Too little water and things die, too much and things drown. This is very true when it comes to your lawn. Lawn clippings are nearly 90% water. Several people are concerned about not watering their lawns enough, in fact, more lawns are damaged by over-watering than under-watering. However, there are a few exceptions. A newly seeded lawn requires more water than an established lawn requires. Proper watering after installation will ensure the turf gets established. It will also have a huge impact on how well the lawn continues to grow for years to come. Within a 1/2 hour of installation you will need to water the new seed with at least one inch of water. Be sure to water the new seed daily, keeping the seed moist, not soggy, until it is rooted. An established lawn does not require as much water. The amount of water a lawn needs is determined by the overall health and ability to withstand use and drought. The standard for most established lawns is one inch of water per week. Try to water your lawn first thing in the morning. If you water your lawn in the evening there is a chance that this moisture will cause fungus throughout the night. Here is some helpful advice for knowing if your lawn needs water. Your lawn needs water if your foot prints are still visible an hour or more after watering. On a well-watered lawn your foot prints will not be visible. Also, if your lawn has a grey-blue color to it, it’s probably in need of water. Use a soil probe, such as a screwdriver to determine how dry your lawn is. If it can be pushed into the soil easily, it should have enough moisture. Remember too, just because your lawn turns brown during extreme dry periods does not mean it is dying; grass goes dormant during such periods.
  4. Failing to De-thatch – Thatch is a tightly packed layer of dead and living shoots, stems, and roots that develop between the turf and soil surface. If this layer is over a 1/2 inch thick it can prevent air, water, and nutrients from reaching your soil and getting to the roots. Malnourished roots will result in a lawn that struggles to thrive in unpleasant growing conditions. In order to determine if your lawn has a thatch problem, remove a small plug of turf several inches deep. If the spongy layer of material between the turf and the soil is over 1/2 – 3/4 inch you should consider dethatching or beginning a program which will encourage thatch decomposition.
  5. Failing to Aerate – Aerating a lawn is recommended when soil becomes compacted. Aeration is also recommended when air, water and nutrients are unable to reach the root system. Aeration pulls plugs of soil out of the ground which then allows air, water, and nutrients in. Not only does it create a deeper root system it also relieves compaction.
  6. Removing Lawn Clippings after Mowing – Lawn clippings are a great source of nutrients for your soil. As long as you mow on a regular basis, it is beneficial to NOT remove your clippings.
  7. Mowing Mishaps – Often times, people try to reduce the number of times they mow by mowing too low, known as scalping. At any given time, you should never remove more than 1/3 of the lawn at one time. When grass is mowed too short it encourage weed growth, increases heat stress during the hot summer months and makes your lawn more susceptible to insects and disease.
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