Every lawn has its own personality, based from whoever maintains it. Some lawns really look good and beautiful and some are just simply well maintained. Regardless of what type of lawn owner you are or the type of maintenance method you use on your lawn, preventing these 5 common mistakes will make the best of your lawn with minimal effort.
1. Reading and not following or misunderstanding the directions on labels
People think that they know the stuff if they keep on using the same thing repeatedly. This same goes with product labels that we use for our lawn, specially the chemicals that we use to treat the lawn. Keep in mind that we are handling chemicals, meaning in some sort of way, it will have a negative side effect on your lawn if the instructions on how to use it are not followed down to the letter. Plus, you are not getting the very best of the product. This is the reasons why there are instructions in the label.
2. Not using or incorrectly using protective equipment.
Protective equipment is not only applicable in a laboratory or work sites but while working on your lawn as well. No perfect plant or lawn is worth losing the use of your hands, eyes or hearing. With that in mind, here’s a list of protective equipment that you will need while working on your lawn.
- Safety Glasses
- Hearing protection (like ear plugs of muffs)
- Heavy sole shoes or boots
- Gardening or heavy gloves
- A wide brim hat to protect you from the sun
- Long sleeves shirt
- Insect repellent
- Tall rubber boots
3. Using the wrong grass type in your area
Some lawn issues can be fixed by using the correct grass type for the area they live. Grasses have certain types that can only grow with respect to their suitable environments. For example, bluegrass is the favorite among homeowners but it needs at least 6 hours of sun in a day for it to stay healthy. Otherwise, look for other grass types like creeping or tall fescue. Or just ask a lawn care professional on what type of grass can used on your lawn.
4. Not using or incorrectly using the equipment
Sometimes we use equipment in a wrong way for us to get the work done quickly. But by doing this, you are costing yourself more time in the long run and can do more harm than good to the plant. For example, a bad cut on a tree by using the wrong equipment can cause it to get a disease or insect problem which will then have to be treated or worst, the tree can die. But if you used the proper equipment then rest assured that the tree was taken care of properly without it risking to have a disease or insect problem. If you do not have the proper equipment or it seems expensive for you to have then you can try to borrow from your neighbors or rent one.
5. Not maintaining equipment
Let’s be honest, we do take our tools for granted. Taking care of your tools do pay forward because you will be able to use them at the longest possible time. It doesn’t matter if its hand tools, power tools or the lawn mower itself. Everything should be washed occasionally.
Here’s a guide on how to maintain that equipment.
Tip: Try to get another set of lawn mower blade if you do not have one. Then get in the habit of sharpening or changing your lawn mower blades after using it for the 10th or 12th time. You will have to sharpen your blades more often if you have sandy or rocky soil.
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