5 Lawn Care Myths

September 3, 2019


The Turfgrass Group

There are a lot of myths floating around about lawn care. It’s likely that you’ve heard a number of them. But how can you tell which information is true and which information is just a myth? We have gathered some information for you on some of the more common lawn care myths. 

1. You should water the lawn every day. 

Your lawn can actually become dependent and needy if you water it too much. You can actually drown the grass roots if you aren’t careful, and too much water can cause disease caused by fungus. You might have shallow root growth, which can negatively impact your lawn. The solution is simple. Try watering your lawn once a week for an hour instead of every day for 15 minutes. 

2. Any time of day is good for watering your lawn.

The worst thing you can do for your lawn is to water it at night. The water will stay on the grass without the sun to evaporate it. Watering during the hottest part of the day, however, may cause too much of the water to be evaporated by the sun. The best time for watering your lawn is between 4 and 10 am. 

3. If you cut your grass short, you won’t need to mow as often.

When you cut your lawn too short, it can actually do some damage. It can expose the roots to the sun and cause your lawn to turn brown in spots. Also, it can encourage the growth of weeds because weeds do better in hot, dry conditions. If you mow the grass at the suggested height, it can provide shade to the roots, which will help to keep your grass healthy. When it comes to your turf, there is a golden rule called the 1/3 rule, which means that you should never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade when mowing.

4. You can aerate your lawn with spiked shoes.

The best way to aerate your lawn is to call the professionals, not to just wear spiked shoes. If you have a compacted lawn, aerating 5% or more of the soil surface will alleviate it. However, this won’t be accomplished by spiked shoes. 

5. The best time to seed is in the spring.

While spring is a good time to seed for some types of grass, for other types of grass, seeding in the fall may be a better idea. Make sure you take your type of grass into account.

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