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The 7 Most Common Mistakes In Lawn Care

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 your   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 mistake  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.

4 Ways To Get A Jump On Spring

Doesn’t this seem like the winter that will never end? Snow Days in April… just when you’re itching to use the shovel for planting instead of snow. As this extended winter bleeds into spring, many homeowners are upset that they have had to put spring gardening plans on hold. With snow still rolling through the Mid-West and Eastern parts of the country, you may think the tasks of soil management and yard work are still weeks away. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There are plenty of landscaping and gardening procedures that you can get a jump on in the late winter/early spring. Below are a few of the tasks that will allow you to begin preparing your yard now, rather than waiting for spring to actually catch up with the calendar.


To begin your yard preparations now, it is never too early to weed. Even during the misery of winter weeds can pepper into the garden. If you start removing them now, you are much more likely to get them root and all. If you just spend half an hour, out there in your yard a couple of times a week you might not have to use weed killer in summer. Look over your shrubs, the winter chill may have been too much for them. If you take them out now, you not only have more space for new planting, but you can get first pick of the new plants when they hit your home improvement store. Let’s be honest it’s a pain, but somebody has to do it. Of course, if you’d rather someone else did it, you should consider hiring a professional lawn maintenance service, like McCullough Maintenance who can do it better and cheaper than doing it yourself.

If you have a compost heap, to avoid the weeds resprouting in the future, push the pulled weeds deep into your compost pile. The warmth several inches below the surface will kill the seeds, preventing any comeback when you begin your gardening in earnest.

Soil Prep

Whether you plan on adding new shrubs, grass, or a vegetable garden this year, prepping your soil early will ensure young plant health. Spread organic material to get the soil steeped in nutrients now. A great method is to plant durable early crops like ryegrass. Ryegrass will cover the soil and keep it full of nutrients, while still being relatively easy to remove when you are ready to make your landscaping and gardening plans a reality. Take care not to compact the dirt too much though. Breathability must be preserved for healthy soil.

Prepare Your Lawn

The lawn may not be quite ready for first mowing of 2013, but the time is getting nearer. The lawn can pretty sad after winter, so you can rake up any debris such as rotting leaves or thatch. This is a good idea because if you do add fertilizer when spring finally arrives, it can do its job rather than sitting on old debris. You can also give your lawn mower a quick once over to check it is working correctly.


Finally, it’s never too early (or late) to plan your drainage. A sufficient drainage system will make sure that your plants always have the optimal amount of water; no more, no less. If you already have a drainage system set up, begin your spring cleaning by clearing it of broken branches, leftover leaves, and all of the other winter debris and trash that has accumulated. For additional benefit, adding any organic material you find to your compost heap will be a firm addition that should give a needed jolt of carbon in the early spring.

If drainage isn’t installed yet, now may be the best time possible to put in a garden or yard drainage system. Such systems will fit in easily with a landscape design, and installation during the spring will be easier if you hire a professional landscaping company for the job. Typically they are far too busy in the summer to work around your schedule.

If you take the right steps now, your garden or yard will be completely ready to go for the spring planting season. Build soil quality, get a head start on weeds, and prepare your drainage system today, you’ll see the results later on.

If you are thinking of more advanced landscaping tasks such as driveways, patio areas and fencing now is the time to start speaking to local, reputable landscaping contractors to obtain quotations and their garden design input should you need it. They should be fully insured and have good testimonials. It may seem a like it’s too early to consider, but they are probably already filling the slots in their schedule for 2013. Obtain at least 3 quotations and don’t be afraid to ask questions and add your own design ideas.

If all this sounds like a lot of hard work, and you don’t have the time; don’t fret. Contact McCullough Maintenance at (914) 949-8700 about our maintenance packages. Right now we have a special lawn maintenance program that is as affordable as $100 a month for cutting, whacking and blowing your lawn. We have similar cost savings packages that you’ll love. If you need lawn maintenance, now is the time to reserve your spot at this great price. To get on the list visit: SIGN UP NOW

You can always obtain a free quotation and have a chat with us for general gardening advice. We have twenty years of experience in the field.