Mistake #2: Planting the Wrong Variety of Grass & Misapplying Fertilizer
Before choosing the type of turf you need, there are a few things you should consider. The kind of climate, your soil, or whether the soil is sun-baked or shaded, are some of the factors that will help you decide on the variety of grass you plant. And if you still can’t decide or feel unsure, you know it’s time for deeper research or asking for help.
When it comes to fertilizer, you should also pay extra attention. Failing to distribute it evenly, for instance, might leave you with a lawn with zebra-looking stripes. In addition, while quick-release fertilizers may give a fast green-up thanks to the high nitrogen levels, they are easily washed away and can cause water pollution, and even leave your lawn dependent on chemical fertilizers. So, maybe opting for slow-release fertilizers that don’t need to be replenished often is a better idea.
Adding too much fertilizer or using it at the wrong time can also lead to problems, like increasing diseases. While most fertilizer packaging may show the right amount to apply, and there are machines like drop spreaders or broadcast spreaders available, reaching out to your local extension service is advisable, as everything can vary from region to region.