7 Lawn Care Myths

a  lawn with mowing strips on it

Caring for your lawn is an important part of warm weather landscaping, but figuring out the best way to do it can sometimes feel like a challenge. It’s certainly not easy to keep your grass lush, green, and perfectly manicured, especially with temperamental weather and other factors playing their part. One thing that makes it even tougher to maintain a beautiful lawn are myths about their care. We’re debunking some popular ones below so that you don’t inadvertently make these mistakes on your lawn this season.

Myth 1 - Watering in the Evening Is Better Than the Morning

A sprinkler head watering a lawn.

While many believe that the evening is the best time to water your lawn, the morning is actually better. Watering grass in the evening may allow water to cling to the blades, prompting the growth of fungus. Between four and 10 in the morning is the ideal time for watering, as the temperatures are usually low enough to keep water from evaporating too quickly.

Myth 2 - Tonics Spur Lawn Growth

While this myth may not be as widely spread, it’s still one to debunk. People are prone to thinking that tonic beverages, like beer or seltzer, can be used to help grass flourish. This claim is untrue. Although these beverages are proven to increase microbial activity and limit the presence of insects, it's not proven to increase lawn growth.

Myth 3 - The Shorter the Grass Is Cut, the Less You’ll Have to Mow

A close-up of a lawnmower.

To save time and energy, many believe that cutting their lawn short means that there will be less need to mow throughout the season. However, this is not true. Cutting grass blades too short allows easier access to the dirt below, meaning the hot sun penetrates the roots. This can lead to faster growth, browning, weed infestation, or an uptick of insects.

Myth 4 - Leaving Lawn Clippings Will Create Unwanted Thatch

This is another debunked myth, since grass clippings are made of 75 to 80 percent water and decompose quickly. Clippings are actually great for the health of your lawn, as they add nitrogen to the soil and can save you time and money in fertilization.

Myth 5 - Spring Is the Best Time to Seed

Grass seedlings growing in soil.

Spring is the typical growing season, so it’s natural that many assume this is the best time to plant grass seed. However, that’s not always the case. Depending on what grass type you’re planting, you may want to wait until the fall. As an example, tall fescue is best suited for fall planting as it needs time to ramp up before being exposed to harsh heat.

Myth 6 - You Should Water Daily for Best Results

Watering your lawn daily doesn’t necessarily equate to a lush and healthy lawn. How much water your yard needs depends on several factors such as grass type, air temperature, and soil type. It’s usually more effective to rely on infrequent and deep irrigation instead of frequent and short watering sessions. This is because longer watering allows the roots more hydration, keeping them healthier and diminishing the risk of disease.

Myth 7 - Wearing Spiked Shoes Will Aerate Your Lawn

Aerating a lawn with strap-on spikes.

It’s believed that wearing spiked shoes while mowing will kill two birds with one stone, as it allows you to easily aerate a lawn as you cut it. However, this practice doesn’t have quite the desired effect. These shoes impact too small of an area all at once and actually work to further compact soil. Aerating a lawn the right way takes some manual labor.

Caring for your lawn takes a lot of work, so don’t make it any harder on yourself. Stray away from these commonly believed myths to easily keep your yard looking great and green.