The way your property looks represents the person you are. All of us judge the owners by the way their house and lawn look, and we even assign social statuses to people depending on the whole look of the real estate. This is definitely not something that we should be doing, but it is human nature to be competitive and to want to judge people by the things that they own.
When you have a nice looking home, and when you take care of the whole look of the property, you can take pride in it, and you will be able to entertain your guests, without always having to make up excuses or explain why something does not look perfect. Having a great lawn is definitely something that is really hard to achieve. We spend months trying to make the grass greener, the flowers more colorful, and we spend hours trimming the fence so it looks like it came out of the covers of a home décor magazine.
Sometimes no matter what you do, your lawn just looks yellow and lifeless, and it seems like nothing can help you out with this. If you are having this problem, chances are you are doing something wrong. In this 2020 guide, we are going to talk about the things you should never do to your garden, and how these things can affect it. Know that no matter how many great things you do, or how much money you invest in your backyard, if you make these common mistakes, you risk looking at patches of dirt and yellow grass for many years to come.
1. Watering too often
Water is crucial for every being on this planet, but too much water is not good as well. One thing we think we should do is water our grass and our plants every single day. Unless you live in the driest places on the planet, and unless it is extremely hot every single day, you should not water your plants daily. This will lead to them rotting, or at least, the root will get destroyed.
Experts suggest that you should water your plants two times per week, but again, this depends on the climate and the type of grass or plants you have. The best thing you can do is check. Stick your finger in the soil and see if it is wet or moist. If it is dry, it needs to be watered. If the soil sticks to your fingers and you notice that it is wet, then you should do the check again tomorrow. With time, you will learn when your lawn needs to be watered and when it is too much.
We know that maintenance and trimming the bushes regularly is crucial. We have to cut the grass every few weeks, depending on the season, we need to trim the bushes, and we need to get rid of plants, flowers, and roots that are no longer vital. However, there is a wrong and a right way to do it. You should never use dull blades since they are going to do more damage than good. Make sure the scissors and the additional equipment is sharp, and be really careful not to hurt yourself when checking that. Be careful about how you cut and where you do that. You should find out more about the right ways to do this whole process before you take things into your own hands. Nowadays there are a lot of different tools that can help you out, and you should utilize them to make your garden look perfect.
Know that if you don’t cut or trim in the right way, you risk branches getting dry, you risk ruining the soil and you risk letting pests and diseases get into the plants. If you need help with this process, you can always look for professional help, and hire experts to help you out with it.
We all know that pests are extremely hard to get rid of. They destroy our flowers; they eat away our grass and they make the trees sick. When you see that your garden is slowly being destroyed by these creatures you want to do everything you can to help it.
The first thing we do is we believe that we can use anything to just kill the insects and save our plants. The reality is if something is harsh and deadly for all the pests, chances are, it is deadly to the flowers as well. In addition to that, if you have any pets or small children you will be risking their safety as well. When you want to use pesticides and chemicals to get rid of unwanted insects and diseases, you need to be extremely careful. Talk to an expert or the professionals in the stores where you can buy these products, and look for something that won’t damage the plants.
Other common mistakes
Other things that you should pay attention to is:
- Mowing the lawn while the grass is still wet – this will not only put you at risk, but it will also damage the lawnmower, the grass, and you will end up with a job badly done.
- Cutting the grass too short – when you do this, you risk destroying everything, and you may stop the grass from growing. Depending on the type you are using, you should never cut below one inch.
- Fertilizing the wrong way – fertilization is great, and it helps the plants grow. However, you need to know what type of fertilizer to use, and when to do that. Always check the soil before you purchase the product, and choose one that is right for your soil and your plants.
- Seasonal aerating – aerating, by definition, is letting the soil breathe, and letting the plants get the needed oxygen. You should not forget to do that at least twice per year. The whole process is easy, and you can do it on your own, or with the help of a lawn maintenance service.
These are some of the things you need to pay attention to. The most important thing is to follow your plants and the grass. See if they need more or less water, check to see if there are infestations, and check for different diseases. Know that you should never leave the yard unused because the grass will grow bigger when it gets natural aeration.