Getting Green: 5 Ways You May Be Harming Your Yard and Trees
Many people are shocked when they find out how much value landscaping can add to your home. Even if you aren’t a gardener at heart, a properly maintained yard and leafy, healthy trees can increase your property’s value by thousands of dollars. Even if you’re not looking to sell your home, it’s important to maintain the integrity and health of your landscaping, since it can take years to undo the damage of neglect. But can you also love your lawn too much? There are many things homeowners do believe that it will benefit their landscaping, when in reality, they may be hurting their yard and trees.
One of the issues we often encounter is overfeeding. Giving your lawn too much fertilizer or improperly spreading and diluting it can result in fertilizer burn. This is one of the quickest ways to kill your lawn, and you’ll know pretty quickly if you’ve done since your lawn will suddenly be covered in ugly, dead, brown patches. To prevent this, use organic fertilizer and follow fertilizer instructions.
Planting right up to the trunk
While you may like the look of a green lawn that goes right up to the trunks of your trees, they certainly won’t. Planting your grass like this can cause mower damage to the trunks or roots of your trees and soil compaction. It’s best to maintain a mulch layer that extends past the tips of the branches to protect your trees’ trunks.
Too much (or too little) water
Overwatering or underwatering your lawn and trees can result in yellowing, foliage dropping, and dieback. The first year you plant sod or a tree is a critical time for growth and establishment. Make sure you water regularly (at least on a weekly basis) but don’t leave the earth sodden.
Letting Rover Go Where He Chooses
We understand that it can be a pain to go out with your dog or guide him as to where he should relieve himself, but it’s important to avoid having him go on your lawn unless you want it spotty and dead. Dog urine contains nitrogen, which can kill grass. Your dog’s urine contains so much nitrogen because of all the protein they eat.
To prevent “pee burning”, control where your dog goes with leashes or fencing. If he must pee on your lawn, water it afterward to dilute the urine.
Pesticides and herbicides
Getting rid of weeds is essential to the health of your lawn. Ignoring weeds one year could mean that you will experience an explosion of weeds the following year that could quickly take over and kill all your grass. That being said, your lawn does not like pesticides or herbicides. These poisons don’t distinguish between a good bug or a bad
bug or good plants and bad plants; they just kill. Even using herbicides nearby can still negatively affect your lawn.
To prevent issues, it’s best to avoid herbicides altogether and use alternative methods such as manual removal and be sure to do it when the ground is wet since it’s easier to remove the complete root system.