7 Tips for Spring Lawn Care
Spring is the time to get your lawn in optimal shape and ready for the summer season. Early spring lawn care ensures a fresh-looking, healthy lawn for the summer months and a lush and green lawn you can enjoy during the nice weather. As the growing season begins, your grass will be in prime condition to thrive come spring – if taken care of properly with correct spring lawn maintenance.
Here are 7 of the most important tips for taking care of your lawn in the Spring…
#1: Give your lawn mower a tune-up
You’ll be mowing your grass regularly all season long, so even if conditions aren’t perfect to start the rest of your spring lawn treatment regimen, you can get started by getting your lawn mower ready. A prepared lawn mower will help keep your lawn healthy by preventing extremely low cuts or a malfunction that could delay a regular mowing schedule. The needs of your mower may vary depending on what lawn mower maintenance you performed when you were finished mowing in the fall. However, the basic steps include changing the oil, replacing the spark plug and air filter, and sharpening and balancing the blades. This tune-up will help you be ready to start working on your lawn whenever spring arrives. Always read and carefully understand any and all safety information associated with your lawn mower.
#2: Remove winter debris from your grass
No matter how carefully you raked and cleaned your yard in the fall as you were preparing your lawn for winter, chances are new leaves, sticks, weeds, and other debris have made their way onto your grass. Wind, rain, and snow can leave debris on your lawn. Taking some time to clean off your lawn before beginning other spring lawn care will make it easier to treat and maintain your grass.
#3: Start overseeding your lawn
If you have any bare patches on your grass, you may need to start overseeding your lawn as part of your spring lawn care. Apply grass seed to help grow new patches where the lawn died during the winter.
#4: Enact weed prevention
Spring is the best time of year to treat your lawn with pre-emergent weed control. Pre-emergent is designed for application before the targeted weed germinates in your lawn, and it is an effective preventative method for controlling annual grassy weeds. While you can do some weed control on your own, professional lawn care services can help prevent crabgrass and other grassy weeds. Bed weed maintenance is another weed prevention method that can help get your lawn in shape.
#5: Prevent lawn disease
Did your lawn develop dead patches during the winter? That could be a sign of lawn disease. That’s why spring is the perfect time to focus on preventing lawn disease and keeping your grass healthy. Proper lawn disease prevention can rejuvenate your yard.
#6: Fertilize your lawn
Even if you fertilized in the fall, you can also fertilize your lawn during the spring to help it stay thick and lush. Spring fertilization helps your lawn replenish and build a robust root system. The right time to apply fertilizer and the right type of fertilizer to use both depend on where you live and what the growing conditions are like, so be sure to follow the directions carefully. If you do, you’ll be adequately preparing your lawn for spring, ensuring a beautiful lawn that you’ll be proud of.
#7: Water your lawn
The spring season brings plenty of moisture for your lawn. Although if the new grass seed that you planted needs watering, we recommend no more than one inch per week. Overwatering in the spring can cause your lawn to have shallow roots and encourage weed germination. You should only water your lawn when it begins to show signs of drought stress. Spring is the best time for roots to search for water and nutrients. This also encourages deeper roots that are ready for the summer stress.
Following these spring lawn care tips should help you achieve beautiful grass that your friends and family can enjoy all season long.