Top 4 Lawn Tips for Spring
If you’re like us, you’re itching for the first day of spring – and hopefully, grass to mow rather than snow to blow.
Yes, lawn care is a year-round job, but it’s always top of mind this time of year.
Don’t worry, our lawn care schedule and tips will put your yard on the right track, so the only thing you have to worry about is making your neighbors jealous.
Spring grass & mower maintenance tips
- Once the snow clears, fertilize your grass. This will replace nutrients used up during winter and get your yard ready for growing.
- Treat your lawn with a weed-prevention spray or with natural remedies to eliminate growth of pesky crabgrass and other culprits responsible for ruining your lawn.
- Take your lawn mower out of storage and get it ready for another mowing season with a spring mower tune-up.
- Don’t clear your grass clippings. Lawns recycle these shreds, which encourages growth.
Tips for the rest of the year
Once you have your lawn looking good this spring, make sure you keep it that way with this these additional tips.
Seasonal lawn care schedule:
- Your mower will be in high gear for the remaining hot summer months. Be sure to mow at the highest blade setting to prevent grass blades from shredding and encourage root growth.
- If it’s not restricted, be sure to water your grass regularly and in the morning hours, when it’s most efficient. This is especially important if you leave on vacation.
- Avoid walking on a dry lawn, as it can cause more damage to grass and soil.
- Summer is the time to perform routine mower maintenance. Be sure to check filters, fluids and the spark plug. If you don’t have one at home, pick up a lawn mower tune-up kit.
- As the weather begins to cool, fertilizing your yard is critical. This will provide an added nutrient boost to your soil that will keep roots growing during the dormant winter months.
- Seeding your grass in fall will protect it during winter, and it can also help repair lawns damaged from the hot summer months.
- Blow or rake leaves from your yard at least once a week. Not only will this keep your yard looking clean, but leaves can block sunlight from reaching your grass and soil, causing dead patches come spring.
- When mowing season is complete, safely winterize your riding mower or store your walk-behind mower.
- In late fall or early winter, depending on where you live, your final mowing of the year should leave your grass as short as possible to prevent grass blades from bending under the weight of snow. This will also reduce the risk of snow mold.
- Clear your yard of outdoor furniture, pots, logs and other decorative items. If these are left on the lawn they can create dead patches come spring. Periodically check for debris when snow cover occurs.
- Keep your sidewalks clear of ice and snow to discourage people from walking across the grass.
- Prep your snow blower to tackle the season with a routine snow blower maintenance check.
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