We all want a beautiful, thick, uniform lawn – you know, the one that looks like a putting green on those televised PGA venues.
The problem, though, is that a lot of the common fixes we employ to help our garden grow often end up doing way more damage than good.
How To Take Good Care Of Your Lawn In Miami.
That’s why we’ve put this article together to address these 6 lawn care mistakes that homeowners don’t know can ruin their yard in Miami.
Misidentification and Wrong Treatment for Problems
If your yard is unhealthy and you misdiagnose the problem, you could end up using the wrong treatment, making matters worse.
It can be challenging to figure out whether your lawn is suffering from an insect problem or fungal issues. But the last thing you want to do is guess! Implementing the wrong treatment is not only a waste of time and money; it could easily exacerbate the problem.
Mowing Too Short
Mowing too short (and too often) prevents grass from developing vibrant foliage and deep, strong roots. Strong roots are vital at ensuring your lawn stays healthy. Weak, unstable roots that have barely taken to the ground will leave you with grass that struggles to absorb nutrients and water.
Pants then become susceptible to disease and vulnerable to pests. Taller grass also prevents weeds from getting too much sunlight, impeding their growth. But, obviously, short grass can’t do this, which means your lawn will be more likely to get overrun by weeds.
Waiting Too Late to Address Weed Problems
Building on this, leaving it too long before you tackle the weeds growing in your yard is another mistake. When it comes to weeds, taking measures beforehand is key to creating a weed-free lawn.
But if you do let weeds establish roots in your yard, the cure will be a long-term, ongoing process. There simply aren’t any quick fixes. And we certainly don’t recommend drowning your lawn in weed killer and poisoning everything in sight.
Watering Too Often
Of the six lawn care mistakes that can ruin your yard in Miami, overwatering is one that almost every homeowner is guilty of when hot, dry summer weather hits. You might be thinking:
Surely, my lawn needs extra water during hotter weather?
In fact, watering too often can impact your lawn more adversely than not watering enough. Watering every day can inhibit deep root growth – basically making your grass “lazy” since your lawn doesn’t need to establish deep roots to absorb water. However, this means that during periods of harsh weather or times when you can’t water every day, your grass won’t be hardy enough to survive.
When it comes to feeding your lawn, one size does not fit all. Fertilizing regular will ensure a healthy lawn. But, overfeeding, buying the wrong type of fertilizer, applying it at the wrong time of year are all mistakes that homeowners make while trying to help the grass grow.
For instance, in late spring and early summer, you should use a fertilizer with slow-release nitrogen. Too much nitrogen can “burn” the developing grass plants, which may result in stunted, brownish grass – if they survive at all. This is certainly one of those times when too much of a good thing has negative results.
Planting the Wrong Grass
Planting (or re-planting) the wrong species of grass just might be the hardest to rectify out of all the six lawn care mistakes that can ruin your yard in Miami. It could take years to sort out and have devastating, long-lasting effects that you didn’t take into consideration.
Suppose your neighbor plants Kentucky bluegrass throughout her yard, and you instantly fall in love with its vibrant color and appeal. Before thinking it through, you’ve already decided you want the same beautiful lawn. Unfortunately, what you failed to notice is that her yard is sunny while yours gets hardly any sun at all, meaning that if you press on and plant Kentucky bluegrass, you’ll be gravely disappointed.
Plus, most yards have shaded and sunny spots meaning that planting one type of grass is seldom the best approach.
Whether you’re planning to sell or live in your home for the foreseeable future, the last thing you want to do is accidentally damage your lawn.