Six Lawn Myths Busted
Sometimes it’s hard to detect fact from fiction when it comes to your Atlanta lawn care regimen. To help alleviate some confusion, we’ve exposed six common lawn myths to help you learn what is truly best for your lawn to give it the greatest chance to thrive.
Myth #1: Spiked shoes are an effective aeration method – Spiked shoes may do more harm than good. Aeration works best with hollow tines. While both methods poke holes in the soil, walking around with solid spikes is going to further compact your soil and the spikes will suffocate the grass roots as they push the grass and dirt deeper into the soil. Core aeration with hollow tines removes the soil plugs instead of pushing them down.
Myth #2: Mowing grass shorter is better – A shorter lawn means less mowing. While that trim, golf course look may be tempting, resist the urge. Excessively short lawns expose more weeds to sunlight, causing them to spread. Short turf will also develop shorter roots, making it harder to store the water necessary to survive drought conditions. As a rule of thumb, never remove more than a third of the grass blade length when you mow.
Myth #3: Discard your grass clippings – Leaving clippings on your lawn after you mow might not be so visually appealing, but clippings offer proven benefits. Contrary to some people’s thinking, grass clippings deliver vital nutrients that help fertilize the soil and even reduce thatch. Next time you mow, save yourself the step of bagging your clippings and your lawn will thank you.
Myth #4: Water every day – When it comes to watering your lawn, frequency is not the secret. Lawns need an inch of water a week and thrive when they are watered deeply and less frequently. Long, thorough watering allows your lawn to develop a deeper root system so it can withstand the brutal heat of summer.
Myth #5: Spring is the ideal time for seeding a lawn – Fall wins out as the best time of year to reseed your fescue lawn. Sure, spring brings new life, but new grass has a better chance of surviving in favorable fall conditions. Most weeds go dormant in fall, so grass won’t have to battle for growing space. In addition, temperatures are more moderate and consistent without the threat of summer drought approaching.
Myth #6: Spring dethatching should be done annually – Thatch is a layer of organic plant material between the bottom of the grass blade and the soil. It is only necessary to dethatch when thatch is excessive and inhibits air and nutrients from reaching roots. Dethatch only if you have more than ½ inch of thatch.