Ever since I was a small child, I understood a simple process: if you want plantlife to grow, you need to provide it with water and sunlight. And for most of my life, it seemed like it was that simple. Why isn’t your grass green? Well, clearly you’re either a) not watering it enough or b) not giving it enough sunlight. Simple, right?
Unfortunately, as you grow older, you start to realize that gardening (like every problem) is a bit more complicated than that. And sometimes, you end up harming your landscape without even intending to.
Curious to learn more? Here are three ways you’re unintentionally hurting your landscape:
First things first: you know we’re in a drought, right? There is zero excuse for over-watering right now, not only because it’s winter, but also because you’re supposed to be conserving water!
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. The roots need oxygen along with water, and if you overwater them you’ll end up drowning the lawn altogether. And a drowned lawn will have a lot of trouble pulling in oxygen.
2. Failing to Add Enhancements
What kind of enhancements? Like a cyborg arm in a sci-fi movie? Not that fancy. We’re just talking about fertilizer, basically. Or 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 swindle suckers out of money. Plant food will provide nutrients to your lawn that it may not be getting enough of, especially during a time of drought. Even a simple, cheap, generic fertilizer will leave your lawn better off than mere water and sunlight alone.
3. Being Lazy About Pulling Weeds
What do you think people hate more: weeds or pulling out weeds? Pulling out weeds reminds of interminable Saturday afternoons doing chores as a kid, which is probably why many of us resist doing it. But aside from the eyesore, weeds also compete with your grass and plants for nutrients and real estate. Weeds have roots, too, and those roots will steal precious resources from the plants you actually want to grow. So quit being lazy and go pull some weeds. It’ll build character and teach you the value of hard work – at least, that’s what mom used to tell me when she sent me out there.