Stop Making These Common Landscaping Goofs!
You take great pride in your Hernando County lawn. You’ve got the fertilizer and pesticide situation figured out, you water only when you’re supposed to, and you keep it nice and trim. Thing of it is, you may still be making some mistakes that can harm not only the aesthetics of your yard, but its health, as well. To keep your lawn both beautiful and healthy, stop making these common landscaping goofs:
- Cutting your lawn too short. Spending hours mowing in the Florida sun is an arduous task, so it may be tempting to set your mower blade lower so that you can go longer between mowing sessions. The problem is, when your lawn is too short, the moisture it needs to thrive evaporates too quickly. This can dry out your lawn and disrupt the microorganisms that naturally maintain the health of your grass. No matter how tempted you are to make it shorter, keep your grass blades around 2 ½ inches high.
- Planting non-native plants and shrubs. As beautiful as they may be, non-native plants and shrubs require more work to thrive in our sandy soil and high temperatures. More care usually means more watering (raising those utility bills) and more time outside for you (under the blazing sun). Native plants require far less water and care, provide a home for beneficial insects, and don’t disrupt the ecosystem of your lawn.
- Not researching before you plant. Before you plant anything new in your Spring Hill yard, you need to know how it’s going to function once it’s fully matured. Will it be high enough to become entangled by low-hanging phone wires? Will the root system cause your driveway, patio, or sidewalks to buckle? If you’re considering adding new landscaping elements to your yard, spend some time online or with a professional at your local nursery to make sure you’re well-informed about what you’re considering.
- Neglecting your shrubs, trees, flowers, and bushes. We know that our lawn requires irrigation to thrive, but are you devoting the same thoughtful consideration to your other landscaping? Take a quick walk around your yard to see if you need to install sprinkler risers or need to redirect the water flow from your sprinkler heads to ensure that your entire yard (not just the grass) is getting what it needs to be healthy.
If you live in or near Hernando County, let Challenger Irrigation be your partner in maintaining a beautiful lawn. With over 25 years of experience, we know exactly what your Florida yard needs.