Have You Been Accidentally Harming Your Yard This Winter?

Posted on Feb 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Have You Been Accidentally Harming Your Yard This Winter? Gardening comes down to a simple philosophy: if you want plants or grass to grow, you need to provide then with water and sunlight. And for the most part, it can be that simple. So why isn’t your grass green? Well, clearly you’re either a) not watering it enough or b) not giving it enough sunlight. Easy, right?

Unfortunately, as you grow older, you start to realize that gardening (like every problem) is a bit more complex than that. You might notice that even though you’ve been watering your plants and lawn, and making sure they’re getting plenty of sun, they’re not looking the best they can. You might not have paid as close attention as you thought you had. And sometimes, you end up harming your landscape without even intending to. Not sure if you’re causing harm? Here are three ways you might be.
1. Over-watering
First things first: there’s been more rain than usual this winter, so overwatering is definitely something you need to be careful about.
I understand the thought process behind over-watering: if some water is good, then more water is better, right? But all of that water has to be processed by your lawn and plants. Your plant’s roots need oxygen as well as water, and if you overwater them you’ll end up drowning the lawn completely. And a drowned lawn will have a lot of trouble taking in oxygen.
2. Failing to Add Enhancements
What are enhancements, in relation to gardening? Accessories? Not tquite. We’re just talking about fertilizer, basically. Enhancements can be any kind of plant food you can find at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. There’s a reason these products exist, and it’s not to just to get more money out of you. Plant food will provide vitamins and nutrients to your lawn that it may not be getting enough of naturally. Even a simple, cost-effective, generic fertilizer will leave your lawn better off than mere water and sunlight alone.
3. Being Lazy About Pulling Weeds
We know that most people hate getting rid of weeds, but it’s a necessary evil. If you don’t do it...well... you’ll have a bunch of ugly weeds to look at every day. But aside from the eyesore, weeds also compete with your grass and plants for nutrients and space they need to grow. Weeds have roots, too, and those roots will intrude on the precious resources from the plants you actually want to grow. So bite the bullet and get outside to pull some weeds. It’s good for lawn, plants and garden.


If you’re guilty of one or more of these unintentionally harmful mistakes, there’s hope. You’ll need to do some work on rebuilding your lawn, which can involve replanting or redesigning. If this sounds overwhelming to you, or you just want to make sure you do things right this time around, you can call The Experienced Gardener. We can work with you to create the perfect plan for your new yard or garden, and execute it correctly. We’ll even take are of those pesky weeds.

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Topics: San Joaquin Valley, General Info, Gardens