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I’m a gardening expert – the reasons your lawn is looking brown & wonky and how to fix it

SUMMERTIME means people are transitioning from hanging out indoors to outdoors.  

With the nice weather, you’ll want to make sure your backyard is in tip-top shape for hosting.

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Gardening pros revealed how often you should water your lawn – and it's less than you thinkCredit: Getty

According to the experts at Tomsguide.com, there are a few common mistakes you might be making when it comes to maintaining your lawn.

PLANTING GRASS IN BAD AREAS

We all want thick, green grass in our yards.

But many people make the mistake of trying to grow it in places where it isn’t meant to live, like areas without sunlight.

Planting seeds in shaded parts of your backyard means those patches probably won’t survive. Instead, use ground cover plants for those regions.

MOWING IN THE SAME DIRECTION

While it may seem counterintuitive to mow the lawn in different directions every time, that’s exactly what you should do.

If you continuously mow the grass in the same direction, the blades will “bend over” one way rather than stand up straight.

Experts recommend running a light rake over the grass if you come across this bending problem.

OVERWATERING

There is a misconception that the more water our grass gets, the greener it will grow.

Anna Hampshire, a landscaping expert from Marshalls, told TomsGuide.com: “Overwatering grass can lead to its demise.

“Grass should be watered during the cooler time periods and only once a week. When watering grass, you are looking to water deeply to ensure there’s enough water to see through a drought.”

CUTTING THE GRASS TOO SHORT

In the hopes of getting a pristine lawn, many people make the mistake of cutting their grass too short—which can actually be damaging.

Doing so makes the root systems too shallow and unable to soak up the necessary nutrients.

According to the experts, your grass shouldn’t be less than 2 ½- 3 inches high.

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NOT WATERING PLANTS PROPERLY

The same rules apply to the plants as the grass.

Plants, too, should only be watered once a day during the cooler periods.

Avoid the temptation to overwater during the hotter months.

TOO MUCH FERTILIZER

Fertilizer, when used properly, is a good thing. But like anything, too much of it is not.

Using excess fertilizer can damage the plants and will likely get washed away in the rain anyway.

Follow the directions in the bag and don’t indulge in a heavy hand.

NOT CLEANING UP GRASS AFTER MOWING

Although some lawn mowers succeed in catching most of the grass cuttings, many leave clumps behind.

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If you leave these piles of clippings spread across the lawn, they will prevent the sunlight from reaching the grass underneath.

To remove these leftover bits, wait until they dry and use a rake to scoop.

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Change the direction that you mow to keep the grass standing straightCredit: Getty
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