It’s springtime here in Colorado, which means that the flowers are beginning to bloom, the grass is starting to turn green, and the people are eagerly anticipating rain after the dry winter season. We’re sure that you’re excited to get your lawn in good health and good shape after a long winter of having dormant, brown grass, but remember that it takes time for your lawn to get back to its full summer beauty.
Here at Elevate Lawns and Landscape, we provide quality lawn service, lawn aeration, and lawn mower service to the Fort Collins and Northern Colorado area. With springtime in full swing and summer around the corner, this is our busy season, and so we wanted to make sure that our lawn lovers avoid some of the things that you should not do when it comes to taking care of your prized lawn. Here are a few things to steer clear from in order to keep your lawn happy and healthy.
Watering your lawn too much is a fairly common mistake when it comes to keeping your lawn in good shape. While it’s a good intention for most people and usually looks more responsible than simply neglecting to water your lawn, over watering your lawn is not healthy for it.
Watering too frequently actually discourages the grass from developing the deep root system that it needs to take the water that is available deeper in the soil and become less dependent on supplemental watering. A deeper root system will help lawns better survive periods of drought when water restrictions will further limit watering. Realistically, over watering only wastes water. It is better to water less frequently, but deeper in the grass, as this will encourage the plant to push its roots even deeper than they already are.
Using Dull Mower Blades
Mowing your lawn with dull or nicked metal lawnmower blades will actually tear the grass blade and will leave an uneven cut. In the lawn care industry, this is referred to as ‘white tipping.’ When you mow with a bad blade, the grass will appear to have light colored tips and will look to be dry and in need of additional water. Not only does this make your prized lawn look bad, but this will also cause many lawn owners to actually think that the grass needs additional water because it looks so dry when in reality, this additional watering is completely unnecessary.
A torn or ripped blade of grass is also more prone to disease and insect damage as compared to a healthy, evenly cut blade of grass. Make sure to sharpen your lawnmower blades at the start of each season and check periodically to make sure that they remain sharp and undamaged. Sometimes, local hardware stores or home improvement stores hold free blade sharpening events, so feel free to bring by your lawn mowing blade to get it sharpened. Worst case, getting your blade sharpened only costs a few dollars, and it’s worth it!
Mowing Your Grass Too Short
While letting your grass grow too long is bad, mowing it too short is also bad. Maintaining a healthy lawn is all about finding the right grass length. Cutting your grass too short will put unnecessary stress on the plant and make it more susceptible to damage from insects and disease.
Depending on your lawn mower and angle of your lawn, set your mower height to about 2.5 inches and never cut off more than a third of each grass blade at a time. Keeping your grass at a visually-appealing yet healthy height will help it develop a deeper root system to support the longer blades, and it will also need less water.
Applying too much fertilizer or applying it at the wrong time of the year tend to be common mistakes that people make when it comes to proper lawn care maintenance. If your grass has too high levels of nitrogen, it will cause excess leaf growth and limit the root growth of your grass blades. A slow release fertilizer is generally a good way to go, because they are designed to release the ingredients slowly over a longer period of time, and they do not need to be applied as often which will reduce the chance of burning your lawn when you apply the fertilizer.
As a premier lawn care company in Fort Collins, we care about the quality and health of your lawn just as much as you do. Keep these lawn care mistakes in mind so you know what to avoid when it comes to the well-being of your lawn, and contact us when you need any lawn mower service, lawn aeration, or other lawn services in the Northern Colorado area.