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6 Common Lawn Care Mistakes Made by Homeowners

6 Common Lawn Care Mistakes Made by Homeowners

Vibrant, healthy lawns require special care and routine maintenance. But the payoff is stunning curb appeal and protection of soil from erosion by wind and water. Learn about the six common lawn care mistakes made by homeowners.

1. Incorrect Watering

Many people water their lawns at the wrong time of day or with incorrect amounts. The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning, preferably before or around sunrise. Watering in the morning allows the soil to absorb most of the water.

Most lawns need about 1 to 1.5 in. of water a week. Watering once or twice a week encourages strong root development and improved drought resistance compared to daily watering.

2. Aerating at the Wrong Time

Aerating is the process of punching holes in the lawn’s soil to improve the flow of air, water, and nutrients. Aeration can solve soil compaction and prevent thatch buildups too. In New Jersey, the best time to aerate your lawn is typically late summer and early fall.

3. Mowing in the Same Direction

Another common lawn care mistake homeowners make is mowing in the same direction every time. When you push grass repeatedly in the same way, the grass blades will lean that way. Alternating the mowing direction helps the blades stay upright.

4. Cutting Grass Too Short

You don’t have to cut the grass blades very short for your lawn to look neat. In fact, mowing too short can leave grass overexposed to sunlight and heat. And a short cut prompts grass to devote more energy to growing its blades, weakening the plant over time.

5. Mowing With Dull Blades

As is the case whenever you cut, trim, or shear, you want to use sharp blades when mowing your lawn. A dull mower can create tears or rip in the grass rather than cutting it neatly. Grass that ends up damaged due to dull mower blades can be more susceptible to droughts, heat, and pests.

6. Neglecting Seasonal Maintenance

Finally, homeowners sometimes neglect seasonal maintenance tasks that ensure a healthy lawn. In the early spring, tasks like removing debris help promote a strong growing season. Summertime requires irrigation and trimming as the grass thrives. And in the fall, you should perform regular cleanups to reduce the spread of fungal and bacterial infections come spring.

Ensure the beauty and vitality of your lawn with Agnello Landscaping. We’re the company to call when you need a professional landscaping contractor. We can create a personalized plan to address your lawn care needs, so contact us today to get started.

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