5 Things You’re Doing That Are Damaging Your Lawn

September 24, 2015 - 2 min read

Do you find yourself doing everything to take care of your lawn or garden but get no results? You could be making one of these 5 common mistakes. Read on to find out!

We all love a good-looking lawn, and know that the foundation of any good-looking lawn is good-looking grass. But there are many simple mistakes that many people make when maintaining their grass, that could lead to the decline of your precious greenery! If you’re doing any of the things listed below—hold it right there! Change up your Gosford gardening methods and stem the damage in no time!

1. Scalping your lawn

​A well-cut lawn can really heighten your yard’s appeal. However, cutting it too short, (or ‘scalping’) your lawn can be very detrimental to your grass’ health. But cutting more than two thirds of the leaf blade, the grass roots won’t grow as deeply as they could, leaving you with thinner, less nourished grass.

2. Mowing in the middle of the day

​Not only will you be overworking yourself in the blazing hot sun, you’ll add extra stress to your grass by exposing the clipped tips to very strong sunlight. The best time of day to mow your lawn is in the late afternoon or evening—the grass will be dry and the temperature will have dropped.

3. Overwatering

​You don’t need to drown your grass! Frequent watering causes a shallow-root system, so your grass may not get all the nutrients they need. It’s also important to know what type of grass you have, as different types have different watering requirements. 

4. Using herbicides or pesticides

​Although they can be great for keeping the weeds and pests at bay, these chemicals will also affect your grass. Opt for natural treatments, or just nip the problem in the bud, so to speak. Regular pruning and maintenance should keep your lawn weed-free.

5. Bagging the clippings and throwing them out

​By bagging your grass clippings, you’re throwing away a heap of nutrients for your grass! Scatter the clippings over your lawn to provide nourishment to your lawn, as well as fill in any bald spots that may be present. This will also save you on fertiliser, as you won’t have to use as much.

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