Spring Lawn Care Tips You Can Do Now

Posted on Mar 21 2016 - 10:28am by Housecall
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By Anita Alvarez

grass careWarming temperatures, rainy days, sunny skies – these are just some of the signs that spring is here. While your lawn probably maintains its dingy brown winter look, soon, it will be blossoming with the rest of the flowers, shrubs and trees – but only if you provide the right care for it now.

Set aside a few hours to maintain your lawn and you’ll be assured to have a bright green, thriving lawn that lasts through fall.

1. Clean it up

When the ground is dry, head out to the yard for a family clean-up session. Remove old leaves and fallen twigs. Then rake the grass to fluff it up a bit. Be sure to leave the shoots of grass behind, so don’t rake too vigorously.

If you’re still waiting for snow to melt, spread mounds of snow out over the lawn to avoid a pile that will smother and kill the grass.

2. Target weeds

The best way to control weeds is to nip them in the bud. Before they ever make an appearance, apply a pre-emergent weed-control product. This way, before weeds can grow and smother the grass, you’ll give your lawn a fighting chance to survive.

If you’d prefer not to use an herbicide, the next best step to take involves proper lawn care. Growing a thick, healthy grass will naturally choke out weeds. Mow regularly, reseed grass when necessary, lay down sod in bare patches, and give preference to natural herbicides to grow a healthy lawn and preempt weeds from growing.

3. Planting

If your lawn has bare spots or you want to plant a new section of grass, now’s the time to do it. If you choose to lay down sod or plant seeds, forego the pre-emergent weed control step. If you apply an herbicide, it’ll kill new grass, too.

Laying down sod is the quickest way to a robust lawn. While it costs more upfront than planting seeds, you’ll get an instant lawn that’s thick and weed-free. With planting seeds, you’ll have to do a lot of maintenance to nurture its growth, such as being careful that people and pets don’t walk on the grass, performing weed-control measures and diligently watering it.

A healthy lawn is a fertilized lawn. The best time to apply fertilizer depends on where you live. Warm-season grasses should be fertilized in late spring, once the lawn turns green. Apply fertilizer to cold-season grasses with a light hand in the spring only if your lawn is in really bad condition. Too much fertilizer will cause too much early growth grasses, which won’t be hardy enough to last through the summer’s heat. Then, fertilize again in the fall, which is when the growing season for cool grasses is at its peak.

Attend to your lawn now and you’ll enjoy beautiful grass all spring long – and well into fall. Cleaning up the lawn, targeting weeds, planting seeds or laying down sod and fertilizing will give grass a fighting chance to survive and thrive.

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  1. Gabe Sanders March 25, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips. I’m trying to decide if I’m up to doing my lawn myself this year or be smart and hire someone professional to take care of it for me.

    • keri March 29, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      I would be smart and do it yourself. You may learn a thing or two, you will get some enforced exercise, save money and who doesn’t appreciate something more when they have had a hand in it.

  2. Ken May 9, 2016 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Great information on the pre emergent. With the warm weather and fertilizer not only does the grass start growing but so do the weeds. Applying the pre will make the maintenance work through the summer a lot easier.
    I found this out the hard way on a really large yard. Had I done the right pre emergent treatment I would have saved myself a lot of work that year.

  3. Sarah Anderson June 13, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Indeed, when dealing with lawn maintenance, you want to make sure you are taking care of weeds. Failure to do so can ruin your lawn, for weeds grow and suck all the water from all the plants around it, killing them. The best way to take care of them is in the

  4. Logan Brown June 25, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Great advice for anyone wanting to improve their grass. Thank you!

  5. John Scott July 10, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Pre-emergent weed control product is a fantastic and simple way to save yourself tons of headache and work.

  6. Jim O'Conner July 26, 2016 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Anita,

    Great article and some very helpful tips! I always push for weed control through proper lawn care and natural methods and appreciate your share on that.

    I think pre-emergent weed control products have their place but if you can control weeds naturally it’s a much healthier method.

    The linked article on lawn care tips was great as well.

    Thanks…

  7. Alex F. Thorbens August 1, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

    How long after I lay new sod should I wait to mow? Don’t want to ruin the work I just did.

  8. John August 20, 2016 at 10:25 am - Reply

    You can mow it once it can stand a good tug at the corner and not budge. Remember at first to mow along the strips, not across them, the first couple of times. Enjoy your lawn!

  9. Tommy September 14, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Do you have a specific pre-emergent weed-control product that you recommend?

  10. Huntsville Lawn Professionals September 20, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for the information!! I love it when I can find great, valuable tips for lawn care service online.

  11. Deedee Lewis January 25, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I really like your tip about cleaning up old leaves and fallen twigs when the ground is dry. Unfortunately, we are in the middle of the winter season and it snows almost all the time out here so it’s hard for my family and me to really take care of our lawn. But I think making sure we are cleaning up the snow where and when possible is something we can do to care for our lawn now.

  12. Hero March 2, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Textbook advice. Thanks for pushing reputable information. 🙂

  13. Cannon W June 27, 2017 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Really great info! Thanks!

  14. angela August 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Great article. Lot’s of information here.

  15. John @ Signature Lawn August 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Great tips! I am going to share this with my neighbors!

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