Scrapping Common Spring Lawn Care Myths

There are myths about the right way to do pretty much everything in the home, and spring lawn care is no exception. But how much are these myths harming your lawn? In fact, depending on the myth you're following, you may be harming your grass quite a bit. At the very least, you're not getting the most effective results from your lawn care and Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems.

Read on to see how Nutri-Lawn Ottawa can save you time, money, and effort by debunking these myths.

Myth #1: Irrigate daily
Regardless of what you may have heard, your inground irrigation services certainly do not need to be run daily. Your grass requires 1 to 2 inches of water per week, on either a 5 or 7-day schedule. This means that your inground irrigation services really only need to run once every 5 to 7 days. Saves you quite a bit of money, doesn't it?

It also saves your grass. When you water this way, you're giving your lawn deep bouts of irrigation, rather than shallow watering. This encourages deep grass roots, which promote a strong, healthy lawn.

Myth #2: Get rid of clippings
Most homeowners fall for this one simply because grass clippings aren't always the most aesthetically pleasing addition to your lawn. However, grass clippings will take a load off of your Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems. Clippings are 80-90% water. When they decompose, they release that water, as well as the nitrogen they contain, back into the soil.

If you find your clippings aren't decomposing at the same rate that you're mowing your lawn, considering adding them to a flowerbed or your compost pile. This will prevent thatch build up on your lawn, while also providing nutrients elsewhere.

Myth #3: Water during drought
Homeowners are scared of letting their lawns go dormant, seeing dormancy as the equivalent of letting your grass die. This simply isn't true. During a drought, letting your grass go dormant is the safest way to care for your lawn. You can do this just by stopping your inground irrigation services until the drought is over. It is a healthy, natural defense for your grass that will allow you to keep deep roots.

If you try using your Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems during a drought, you probably won't be able to water your lawn as much as it needs. This will result in shortened roots, which will then dry up and actually kill your lawn.

Myth #4: Fertilize at any point in the season
Well, actually, fertilizing during any point in the season is going to waste your money. Fertilization cannot be done in the rainy season, as the rain will wash away the application before it has time to fully release into the soil. Nutri-Lawn Ottawa recommends waiting until the rainy season is over, so that your fertilizer is only enduring as much watering as it requires from your inground irrigation services.

Myth #5: Overseeding and Aeration occur in early spring
Aerating during early spring will reduce the effectiveness of this practice. If the ground is still partially frozen, you won't be able to go as deep with your aeration as necessary to get good results.

Overseeding in early spring could cost you seeds. These seeds need a stable temperature of above 10 degrees Celsius in order to germinate and survive. If you plant during the freeze and thaw cycles of early spring, the instability will harm the little seeds.

Now that you've debunked these myths, you're ready to begin on your Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems program. Receive your complimentary quote from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today.