Common Lawn Problems You Will Encounter

Even if you invest ample time, money, and effort toward lawn care, at one point or another, you will encounter some problems. The key here is to identify these early on and enforce the necessary solutions to rectify these.

Too much shade

Most turf species require direct sunlight. And if you notice that your lawn is not as lush as you want to be, one of the first things to look for is the amount of sunlight it receives. If some areas on your lawn receive just an hour’s worth of sunlight, you might want to consider converting that space for other uses. For areas that get less than half a day’s worth of sunlight, you should consider planting a different type of grass, like Buffalo, which is more tolerant of shade.

Wear and tear

Some turf species are hardier and can deal with a high volume of traffic while others will show signs of wear and tear even with minimal traffic. For areas on your lawn with heavy traffic, consider planting hardier species like Couch and Kikuyu. In areas with minimal traffic, Zoysia comes highly recommended. But apart from choosing a hardier turf species, there are a few other things that you can do to reduce wear and tear. For one, you can add a pathway. For areas that receive foot and vehicular traffic, there are products that can be installed which act as buffers.

Weeds

The best approach to dealing with these unwelcome visitors on your lawn is through prevention. And the simplest and most effective way to prevent the emergence of weeds is to make your lawn thicker and healthier. A healthy lawn will outcompete weeds for sunlight, water, and nutrients without requiring much effort from you. It certainly helps to choose the appropriate grass species for your property. Weeds are highly opportunistic and will take advantage of bare spots on the lawn. As soon as you notice bare patches and you notice weeds beginning to occupy these spots, you can either manually remove these or use an herbicide.

Cultural practices

Watering, mowing, and the application of fertilisers are essential lawn care tasks. However, property owners should be aware that too much of a good thing can be bad. Overwatering, for example, can lead to weak root systems, rapid growth (which means frequent mowing), and the emergence of fungi-related problems. Finally, applying too much fertiliser can literally burn a lawn while mowing too short scalps the lawn.

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