Common Lawn Care Myths

Lawn Care Gainesville FLWe often find that people have a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the care of their lawn. Some of these are the result of time and the fact that concepts surrounding lawn care are continuing to evolve. Many however have just been passed down over time and have become commonly held thoughts but are actually myths.

Myth: The best time to replace the lawn is in the spring, as plants get ready to bloom.

Reality: Sowing seed in the spring sets one up for potential problems, as heat sets in during the summer months and weeds compete for space. The best time to sow seed is in the fall when the temperatures are more consistent and highly competitive weeds, like crabgrass, have gone dormant.

Myth: Water new plants every day to prevent them from drying out.

Reality: Overwatering kills as many plants as lack of water. It is better to make sure you are wetting the entire root system of your new plant and then allow the soil to dry to the point that it is only moist.

Myth: It’s a good idea to remove clippings after mowing.

Reality: There is a misconception that grass clippings contribute significantly to thatch. Grass clippings are mostly water and decompose rapidly, returning significant amounts of fertilizer to the lawn. Research shows that up to one-third of applied fertilizer can be recycled by simply returning clippings.

Myth: Golf courses cut their grass short, so it’s a good idea to do the same.

Reality: Golf courses use incredibly sophisticated and expensive mowers to achieve a short height of cut. Check the appropriate mowing height for your species of grass, but in general, never cut more than one-third of the grass leaf at a time.

Myth: Watering the lawn with the garden hose saves more money than installing an irrigation system.

Reality: Consider installing an irrigation system that uses smart controllers which have sensors that only allow for watering when conditions require it. Smart irrigation can offer a cost savings of approximately 15–20 percent on water bills. Convert irrigation spray nozzles from sprinklers to rotating nozzles which spread heavy droplets of water at a slower pace which makes them more targeted and effective.

If you would like the assistance of a  professional lawn care service in the Gainesville area and sort out reality from myth call Mr. Tree and Lawn Service at 352-682-4444 or use the convenient “Contact Us” feature on our website.


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