When it comes to caring for your lawn, getting the most out of it while still maintaining it, there is a lot of information out there that is, simply, not true. If you want to have a beautiful weed free, green lawn, one that will last, it is important to know the difference between fact and fiction. Here are a few things to consider when fighting to keep your lawn green and weed free, or pretty near.
While digging or spraying dandelions in the spring can be effective, it is not the best time to get rid of these garden/lawn pests. Dandelions are perennial weeds, and they shift their storage of food into the roots in the autumn. When you apply a weed killer in the autumn, the dandelion will push it to the roots for you, basically killing itself. All that is left is the cleanup in the spring
Many people believe that leaving the grass clippings on the lawn after mowing can cause thatch. This is not actually true. The grass clippings are 80% water and add nitrogen to the soil. Moreover, they usually decompose quickly. By leaving the grass clippings on the lawn after mowing, you are giving your lawn additional nutrients, and you can be saving yourself a great amount of time and money.
If you cut your grass shorter than usual, you can get a few extra days between mowing; however, it can actually do more damage to your lawn than good. When the grass is too short, the sunlight can reach the weeds much easier. This helps them grow faster. Also, grass that is very short can become easily damaged if there is a drought. To keep your grass safe, you should never cut more than 1/3 of the blade. Most mowers will have adjustable blades or wheels to allow different lengths to be cut.
Most people believe that watering the grass once or twice a day is the best way to keep the lawn healthy. This is not necessarily true. The amount of water the lawn needs depends on the type of grass, the temperature, the type of soil, and the amount of rain that has fallen. Rather than watering daily, a deep irrigation is more effective. This allows the water to get deep to the roots, and the grass is less likely to develop diseas
It is true that a layer of fallen leaves can smother the grass, and can cause disease. Rather than spending the day raking and removing leaves, you can go over them with the lawn mower, and chop them up. The small pieces will decompose, saving you a great deal of time, and helping to feed the lawn with compost.
Most people believe that if they have moles, they have grubs, because moles eat grubs. While it is true that a mole will eat a grub when they come across one, who wouldn’t, earthworms are actually a mole's main source of food. If you have grubs, you will have brown patches in the lawn, and the grass will be difficult to pull up. Also, if you get rid of your grub problem, that doesn’t mean your mole problem will be solved. As long as there are earthworms in your lawn, any moles you may have will stick around.
Many people try to avoid walking on their lawn, worrying that it will cause damage. This is not true. Walking, running, and sitting on the lawn will not cause any damage. However, avoid riding bikes or parking vehicles on the lawn. The weight of these objects can crush the grass, leaving it susceptible to disease, or block the needed sun.