At Organic Solutions! Inc., our goal is not only to provide great service, but also to educate. We want to empower people with the knowledge they need to practice good, environmentally sound methods of lawn care. Often that means that we need to dispel some common myths that are persistently circulated. Today we thought we would debunk the following 5 lawn care myths:
Myth 1: Mow Seeds back into your Lawn to reseed
Many think that if they let their turfgrass develop seed heads and then mow them off that they will germinate and grow. The reality is that seed heads need to mature for several months on the stem of the grass in order to germinate. It doesn’t hurt to mow the seed heads into the grass but they will not grow and thicken your existing turf. It is much healthier for your lawn to mow consistently and occasionally add the appropriate grass seed (overseed).
Myth 2: Leaving grass clippings on your lawn increases thatch
It was once widely believed that grass clippings left on the lawn contributed to thatch. But studies have shown that thatch is primarily composed of stolons, stems, roots, and rhizomes. Grass clippings are mostly water and decompose rapidly, returning nutrients to your lawn. Leaving the grass clippings on the lawn can actually increase the effectiveness of applied fertilizers as well.
Myth 3: Wear spiked shoes to aerate your lawn
Despite infomercial claims regarding special spiked shoes that aerate while you walk or claims that wearing your golf shoe spikes while mowing will reduce compaction there is no truth in these claims. Research shows that little impact would be made through this method and aeration is actually rarely needed if proper organic fertilization is occurring.
Myth 4: Cut your grass short to reduce mowing
You may save a few days between mowing if you cut your grass short but you may be doing more damage than good. When grass is cut too short it allows the sun to reach through to weed seeds and cause them to germinate and grow. Also, shorter grass tends to have a shallow root system which makes it more susceptible to drought. In general you should never cut off more than a third of the grass height per mow and your grass should be between 2 ½ inches to 3 ½ inches tall.
Myth 5: Water daily for a healthy lawn
More turf is damaged due to overwatering than underwatering. Infrequent, thorough, deep watering is better than daily or frequent short watering cycles. When you water too frequently the grass does not develop the deep roots it needs to be healthy and will be more susceptible to drought, weeds, and disease.
At Organic Solutions! Inc., it is our goal to educate as well as provide the best possible service. If you would like an estimate on our lawn mowing and lawn care fertilization programs, give us a call, 208-884-8986. And keep checking our blog for more great information on caring for your lawn.
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