Monday, May 25, 2015

4 Ways You Might be Killing Your Lawn [and Hurting Your Home Value]

A plush green lawn is part of that "white picket fence" ideal often associated with home ownership. Logistically, your yard is an extension of your home. It frames your landscaping as well as provides a great area for activities and enjoyment. A well maintained lawn can also add value to your home. A yellowing lawn can alternatively, hurt your home value. If you're struggling to keep your grass looking lush and healthy - here are 4 questions to consider that might reveal what is standing in your way. 

Do You Know What Type of Grass You Have?
Believe it or not - but there are dozens of lawn grass variations available to for homeowners to use in their yards. Many lawns are also composed of a mixture of grasses that work well together to create year-round enjoyment. Depending on your area, you might have a Bluegrass/Rye/Fescue grass combination or maybe you've chosen a Bermuda grass or a Bent grass. These variations might require different watering levels and maintenance. Knowing which kind of grass you are dealing with is half the battle to keeping your lawn "happy."
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Are You Over Watering (or Under Watering)?
There are several misconceptions about watering your lawn that could be hindering your grass growth. On average, most lawns need 1-2 inches of water per week to keep up their green stature. If you aren't giving your lawn the necessary minimal amount of water, your grass is likely to dry out and become brittle and discolored. On the other hand, watering your lawn every day is not good either. Weak and shallow roots develop when a lawn is over-watered regularly which can lead to future issues. Give your soil time to dry out between watering so the roots reach deeper into the soil for moisture. This also helps prepare for future times of drought.

Are You Using Too Much Fertilizer?
Most people use pellet fertilizer to nourish their lawns however it isn't difficult to go overboard. Applying too much fertilizer in concentrated areas can burn your lawn resulting in dead patches. It's good to use an applicator that spreads pellets evenly and at the recommended density. When in doubt - test an area of your lawn first.

Is Your Mowing Pattern Doing Damage?
Some people love mowing the lawn...others, not so much. You might think you're doing yourself a favor by mowing your lawn shorter so that you don't have to mow as often but this could be causing stress to the grass. Cutting the grass too short also allows the ground to dry out more quickly, preventing the soil from maintaining a healthy moisture level. 

The pros recommend that you only cut the top 1/3 of the grass blade when mowing. This means that if your grass is 6" long, you should only take off 2". If your lawn is overgrown, it may take several mowing sessions to get it back to its normal height (each time only cutting the top third of the grass).

Also, if you have a particular mowing pattern that you like to repeat each time you mow - the repetition may affect the angle of blade growth and result in tire track ruts appearing in your lawn.

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