Taking care of your lawn is not difficult- if you know what you’re doing. We have already talked about caring for your lawn in the off-season in Duluth. You have the basic idea- fertilizing, watering, mowing, aerating. But the devil is in the details, so pay attention:
Lawn care mistake number one: cutting the grass too short
Mowing is annoying- it kind of rhymes, so it must be true! You probably think that if you cut the grass ultra short, you will have to do it less often. That is true- especially if you completely destroy your lawn by cutting it too short. Then you don’t need to mow at all. “Scalping” your lawn is not a good idea, for several reasons. If you leave it longer, the roots will penetrate deeper, and the grass will be healthier, and thicker. Also, the soil under taller green retains moisture better, so you don’t need to water that much. Ideally, you should shorten only by the top third, not more than that.
Lawn care mistake number two: watering mistakes
There are many, but we will only mention a few. Number one is overwatering, especially during the hot summer months. Watering daily is never a good idea, even for few minutes. This will actually weaken the grass- plants that have an excess of surface water have no reason to grow deep roots. Also, it might feel like a good idea, but don’t water the grass in the hottest part of the day- the water will just evaporate. Watering in the early evening, once per week, for about an hour will be optimal. Your grass will be healthier and thicker, with deeper roots.
Lawn care mistake number three: using too many chemicals
This goes both for pesticide, herbicide, and fertilizers. All these chemicals are harsh, and it is very easy to make a mistake, and totally wreck your grass. Many of substances we use in our garden are extremely toxic and hazardous to the environment. Make sure you carefully read the labels and ask the employees at the garden center for tips- you don’t want to destroy your lawn or something worse. But even, something as simple as using salt to melt ice can have a negative impact on the grass- too much salt, and you will have some unpleasant, patchy surprises once the snow melts. If you are not sure how to correctly apply the chemicals, ask professionals for help. Duluth landscapers can not only treat your lawn with chemicals, but can also mow, aerate, and install watering systems, maintaining it throughout the whole year.