Alot of the conventional wisdom around lawncare is just plain wrong. Here a few of the most common myths, debunked!
Thatch is just dead rhizomes, stolons, stems, and roots. Although it can become a problem if there is too much of it, most people dont need to worry about dethatching your lawn every srping.
Nor do you need to rake up all the leaves and grass clippings from your lawn to keep it healthy.
Thatch is a natural part of a healthy lawn, and it only starts to become a problem when soil is compacted, lon grass clippings are elfton the ground, or the grass is over-ferilised or overwatered.
A scattering of grass clippings, and a few leaves, won’t do any harm – it is onlt when think piles of grass and leaves are left on the lawn that thatch becomes an issue.
Watering your lawn everyday is not only bad for the grass, but also wastes water.
Lawns that are wtered daily tend to put more energy into top growth, which in turn means weak root systems, making them vulnerable to stress.
In the UK, most lawns can survive and remain healthy without any additional watering by going dormant during the driest part of the year. But as most people don’t like a brown lawn, the occasional bout of irrigation can help grass to develop strong roots and healthy leaves – once or twice weekly water is perfect for healthy grass.
Cutting Grass Short
Conventional wisdom says that if you don’#t want to cut your lawn so often, cut it shorter.
but , this is a good way to stress your lawn- and can cause it to lose moisture very quickly, which encourages weed growth.
By cutting more that one third of the grass stem at a time, you can shock the plant which discourages root growth.
A good rule of thumb is to set your lawn mower to three inches, and then start to mow when the grass reaches four inches high. No need to get the ruler out, but this should give you a rough idea of how to keep the grass at a healthy length.
Here’s to a greener healthier lawn!