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Top 10 Common Lawn Care Mistakes

What you don’t know could be having a negative impact on your lawn.

By: 
Canopy Lawn Care
May 26, 2016

10. Not picking up clumped grass after mowing grass clumps

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image: www.igrow.org

Clumps of clippings block sunlight and cause yellow leaves. Remove clumps of clippings by raking or mowing over them again in a day or two when they are dry. If you make a habit of leaving clumped clippings on the lawn, the grass may eventually die.

9. Not aerating or seeding at the proper time

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image: www.aldridgelawn.com

The best time for aeration and seeding is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed.

8. Cutting with dull mower blades

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image: www.michaelpruiksma.com

Dull mower blades can lead to rip and shredded grass which will decrease the moisture in your lawn and cause your lawn to have a brownish tint. Look for frayed grass to know when it’s time to sharpen your mower blade

7. Mowing the same direction every time

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image: www.candggardening.com

If you mow your lawn in a different direction each week, it will prevent this “bending over” of the grass blades, leading to a thicker, and healthier lawn. If you find that your grass is starting to bend over and grow stalks horizontally, the easiest way to fix this is run a light rake over the lawn before mowing. This will help the grass to stand up, bringing about a much cleaner cut of the grass, helping it the fill the gaps more readily.

6. Improper watering – under or over watering

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image: www.media.hamptonroads.com

Too much water can carry away nutrients, foster fungal spores and stress the lawn so it is susceptible to disease. Most lawns require one to two inches of water per week and will suffer if they do not receive enough.

5. Not having a yearly plan

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image: www.scotts.com

In order to make sure you have a healthy lawn 365 days of the year, it is crucial to make sure your lawn has what it needs at the frequency necessary and the best way to regulate that is with a plan.

4. Ignoring the season changes

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image: www.sprinkler-repair-plano.com

Preparing your lawn for the season is necessary for optimal recovery from the harsh Winter seasons and to have the healthiest lawn possible for the Spring and Summer seasons. Acknowledging the season includes knowing the frequency and height of mowing, when and how much watering is necessary, and when to aerate.

3. Failing to use fertilizer

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image: www.zillow.com

Fertilizing is essential to achieve a healthy, green, envy-of-the-neighborhood lawn. Knowing what to do, when to do it, and what to avoid can be tricky, especially with so many products on the market.

2. Wrong grass type for your climate

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image: www.sprinklerwarehouse.com
image: www.sprinklerwarehouse.com
image: www.sprinklerwarehouse.com

Choosing warm season or cool season grass is a decision based on the climate of where you live. If the wrong grass is chosen it can lead to a waste of time and money as the grass will eventually die.

1. Cutting the grass too short

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image: www.angieslist.com

If your grass is repeatedly cut too short or scalped, it can seriously deplete the grass’s energy reserves, weakening or killing grass and leaving the lawn vulnerable to weed invasion.

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