There is so much information on the internet about landscaping ‘ideas’ and ‘tips’ that it’s easy to get confused between what’s authoritative and what’s not.
Here are some common myths that can lead to expensive mistakes. These myth-debunkers are plain common sense, and you don’t need an astrophysicist to validate them.
Are you guilty of any of them? It may be time to break your habits before your habits break you – financially.
Landscaping Myth #1: “If I cut my grass really short, I won’t have to do it that often!”
A lot of people set their lawnmowers to a short-clip setting because they are under the assumption that – like hair – grass won’t need cutting as often if it’s cut really short. While this might seem like a good idea, what it actually does is expose the roots to more sunlight. This not only weakens the sensitive roots, but also gives more room for weeds to capture that extra sunlight and thrive away. It also cuts off the blades that are crucial to the grass’s survival through the process of photosynthesis, leaving brown patches that become worse over time. Gradually, you may find yourself having to re-invest in a new lawn altogether. Trim your lawn periodically so the clippings can be left as they are, enriching the soil as they biodegrade.
Landscaping Myth #2: “Who Needs a Professional?!”
Just because it seems easy to mow the lawn or put in a few shrubs and bushes, it doesn’t mean that landscaping is not a highly skilled job. Yes, you can do some of the things yourself, but unless you want to spend your valuable time on something that can be outsourced, don’t break your neck over what to plant and where to put it. A professional is trained to do this for you, so let him/her do their job so you can do yours. In the short run, you can certainly save some money with a DIY approach, but in the long-run, it could rob you from more productive work.
Landscaping Myth #3: “I Conserve; I Water My Lawn in the Evening”
This is one of the more expensive “mythstakes” you can make. The average lawn only needs less than an inch of water every week, and watering it in the day ensures it remains damp, but not soggy. This is a critical aspect because if you water it after the sun goes down, the water just sits there and makes it easier for fungus to grow. If you really want to save water, close the tap when you brush your teeth – that way you can save up to eight gallons per day! Don’t waste the dollar to save the penny by watering your lawn in the evening.
These myths have somehow become popular but they include a lot of misinformation. Think about these top three myths and stop yourself the next time you check the setting on your mower!