Spring is the beginning of the money making at your local home improvement stores, which explains all those messages in your inbox and the regular mailbox. Did you know that every year billions of dollars are spent on lawn care and gardening? Yes, that’s right, billions of dollars with a ‘b’, and most families think that it is money well spent. The lawn is the focal point of most American homes.
The sad part is much of that money Americans spend on lawn care is actually wasted. The waste comes from the mistakes committed by homeowners when it comes to lawn care. If you are a homeowner and you have a lawn, then chances are you are also guilty of committing some of these mistakes.
Common Mistakes in Lawn Care
In order to help you out, here are some of the more common mistakes that people make when caring for their lawn:
1. Mowing Too Low
The most common problem that people encounter when it comes to lawn care is mowing too low. While you might think this is a great strategy to cut down on the chore and save having to cut the grass so often, the truth is cutting the grass too low can affect its health. You should set the mower to its highest setting.
2. Over Watering
Over watering is another mistake homeowners often make. Leaving your yard soaking wet is not going to be the most efficient way of using such a valuable resource as water. Too much watering usually comes with the territory when lawns have sprinklers. You should schedule the periods when you would be doing the watering. Or, even use a kitchen timer to remind you to change the pattern or shut the water off.
3. Use of Synthetic Fertlizer
You should be careful when you are using synthetic fertilizers since they have the potential to burn the lawn. Using too much of these fertilizer products can cause more harm than good to your lawn. In fact, it would be better if you can stay away from synthetic fertilizers altogether.
4. Use of Pesticides
The use of pesticides indiscriminately is another common mistake. If you have to use a pesticide, then the most important thing to keep in mind is that you should read the label and the instructions for it. Keep in mind that pesticides are poisonous, and they can cause harm to humans and animals.
5. Ignoring Soil Health
Not checking the health of the soil is another mistake. Even if you use the most expensive products on the market to help your lawn, they make little difference if yourÂ Â soil is bad in the first place. So before you do anything else, you should have the soil in your yard checked out.
6. Improper TimingAll of the above can be affected by the wrong timing. That is another frequent mistakeÂ many make when it comes to lawn care. You have to perform weeding, aerating and the application of fertilizers or pesticides at the right moments. If you time these tasks wrong or do them in the wrong order then you can create other problems.
7. Use of Wrong Grass Seed
Not planting the right sort of grass for your location is another mistake that you have to be on the lookout for. Your local suppliers of home and garden items usually offer the right one. But if you have your heart set on a certain variety, then you could have some problems with that in the long run. You should do some research first on the best kind of grass to use.
These are the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to lawn care. You have to be on the lookout against making these. There is a possibility you are wasting some of your lawn budget. If all this sounds like to much of a learning curve to you,
you should consider a wiser use of your lawn care money.
At McCullough Maintenance, we have decades of experience in caring for your lawn and grounds. Whether you are looking for lawn care services, help for problem lawns, pest control, weed control, or wanting to maintain your outdoor environment in a cost effective way, you have come to the right place. Best of all we do it right and for far less than doing it yourself. Avoid common mistakes and save both time and money by calling us for a free lawn maintenance estimate for your home or business.