Holiday lawn ornaments look great when lit up at night, but they can cause issues with your lawn over time. If you have decorations for your yard, use this guide to keep your grass healthy during the holiday season.
Move Inflatables Weekly
Inflatable lawn ornaments are a great way to fill your yard with festive flare without taking up much storage room in the offseason. There are some amazing and creative blow up holiday ornaments out there, but they come with one flaw. The the issue with inflatable ornaments is they can cause damage to your lawn by blocking out air, sunlight, and water from reaching the grass beneath.
If you have inflatable ornaments in your yard, it is important to move them weekly to protect your grass from dying. To combat the damage, you can move your lawn ornaments slightly to cover different patches of grass each week. Moving your inflatable ornaments around the yard will give the grass some time to recover and regain the nutrients it needs to survive.
Keep Heavy Decorations Off The Lawn
It is important to keep heavy Christmas decorations off the lawn because they will suffocate the grass underneath it and compact the soil. Compacted soil is a major issue because it is harder for grass to regrow when the roots can not easily move through the dense ground. If your grass has already been compacted by a heavy decoration you should aerate the soil which will break up the hard soil and give your grass space to regrow.
If you own heavy decorations you should place them off of your lawn somewhere that can sustain the extra weight. It is best to place heavy decorations in mulched areas, concrete, dirt patches, patios, or areas that you are not worried about being damaged.
Use External Power Cords
Since your lawn ornaments will be up for a month, it is important to make sure your extension cords are ok to use in damp environments. Some extension cords are not made to be used outside and can cause short circuits and other damage when exposed to rain and moisture. It is also important to make sure your extension cord is plugged into a GFCI protected outlet. A GFCI outlet detects when a short circuit occurs, and shuts the power off to the outlet protecting your home and lawn ornaments from damage.
Move Decorations When Mowing Your Lawn
If you are planning on maintaining your yard through the holiday season it is important to move your decorations off of your grass when mowing it. You may be able to cut around some decorations but there are multiple hazards to both breaking ornaments and cutting electrical cords. If you have a scheduled lawn care appointment be sure to move the decorations before your appointment to make sure that nothing is damaged.
Treat Lawn Damage
If your lawn has been damaged by holiday ornaments, Just Right Lawns can help. Our lawn care professionals are highly skilled in caring for lawns and know how to bring the best out of your yard. For more information about our services, contact us today!