Dead Lawns

Ways You Might be Killing Your Lawn

So you’re mowing, spraying for weeds, fertilizing, reseeding, the whole shebang. You may be unknowingly killing your lawn, however. If you feel like you’re doing everything right yet your lawn still seems to be an eyesore, you may want to check out the list of “no-no’s” below.

Letting leaves sit on your lawn.

I know, I know. Those leaves look comfortable right? Who are you to disturb their peace. After all, it has nothing to do with finding the time or just sheer laziness, you’re just being a good person by letting those leaves sit there. Those leaves are killing your lawn! A layer of them will smother your beautiful green lawn and turn it into an eyesore in no time. Leaves also carry loads of bacteria that can contribute to mold over the winter. To save your lawn from these evil leaves, make sure to rake them up in autumn. In addition to this, mow the lawn one last time before winter comes around. This keeps matted grass from feeding any bacteria.

Chemical warfare

Roundup, Finale and other herbicides don’t just kill unwanted plants, they kill all plants. You lawn could be an innocent bystander that gets vanquished by these chemicals. Avoid spraying these herbicides during windy conditions, or even when it’s over 80 degrees outside. The heat could turn the spray into a vapor and it might drift unwanted places. Even fertilizer can be a culprit. Over application can cause your lawn to be extremely lush, but also extremely attractive to lawn destroying pests. There is a line, however. Over application can also burn out your lawn. A maximum of 1.5 pounds of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn, total, between spring and summer applications is recommended

The mowing sweet spot

Mowing infrequently is a complex issue. Tall weeds will set seed into tall grass. This means that when you do finally mow, too much of the leaf blades will be removed at one time. This will weaken your lawn by shredding it’s nutrients into a mulch. If you mow your lawn regularly and frequently it will encourage the grass to grow quickly. Conversely, mowing the lawn too short will cause problems as well. A height of 2 inches is the recommendation for most turfs. If the grass is any shorter than that, the grass will lose the ability to produce food. In addition to that, so much leaf surface is being taken away that the ground is exposed to sunlight. This means the soil will dry out and get hot, neither is good for your grass.

These are the common reasons why your lawn may seem brown and patchy. All it needs is a little TLC, and some realistic expectations. If you have a shady yard, you will probably never get the desired results, short of thinning out tree branches to allow more light. Unlimited landscaping has vast experience in this area, and is more than happy to have a consultation about your lawn’s needs.