4 Ways You’re Unknowingly Killing Your Grass
I’m sure it’s no surprise that a lot of people deal with the frustration of a lawn that just won’t stay green. Even when the neighbors seem to have it all together with their emerald green grass, yours seems to be consistently dull with random brown spots that won’t go away! You work your butt off to water regularly and maybe you even get it fertilized. But no matter what you do it just won’t stay alive.
There are a number of things that could be causing the problem. But what you may be surprised to find out is that many of those things can easily be avoided! Most of your green grass problems are caused by improper care. Let’s check out some of these garden mishaps so you can avoid them.
If you have a sick lawn, you may be thinking fertilizer is the best thing for it. Well, you would be wrong. And if you’ve tried to fix your grass problem this way, I’m guessing you made the problem worse. That’s okay! You didn’t know! The truth is that a sick lawn is not going to react well to fertilization. Fertilization is basically like steroids, forcing your grass to grow artificially. If your grass is already sick it won’t be able to handle this push to do more, making it sicker, or worse, dead. As a rule, don’t use fertilizer aunless your lawn is already healthy.
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2. Letting your dog pee on it
You might want to find a new place to let your dogs go to the bathroom because when they pee on a sick lawn, their urine acts as a fertilizer! Yep, putting more strain on your already struggling lawn. So keep your pooch away! At least until your grass is stronger.
3. Mowing with dull blades
Using dull blades to mow your grass will simply tear it. Tearing your grass out of your lawn isn’t exactly going to help it flourish, but I’m sure you know that. You can check your grass after you mow it to see if it’s been cut cleanly, or if you see lots of rips and tears. That will let you know if your blades are dull. You should always sharpen your blades in the spring and in the fall to make sure you don’t run into this problem.
4. Compressing it
When you walk on your grass a lot, you begin to compress it. This leaves no room for it to absorb any nutrients that it needs to survive. So, it inevitably starts to die out. Go to a gardening store and ask for a product that loosens up the dirt in your specific type of grass. The more specific you get, the better. That way you know you’re giving your grass food that will help it, rather than harm it. All of these situations can be avoided, now that you’re aware of them! Stop hurting your grass, and it will shine like an emerald once again.
Do you have more common mistakes we make when taking care of our lawn? Let us know in the comments section!