Spring is the perfect time to prepare your yard for warmer weather. Lawn care for spring promotes green, lush growth throughout the summer.
Getting Started With Lawn Maintenance in Spring
A good first step for springtime lawn care is to clean up the yard. Winter storms and spring rains cause leaves to accumulate and branches to fall. Spend a warm, sunny day in the yard gathering twigs and branches from your lawn. Remove leaves and dead grass from the yard. Any debris can go into the compost pile for use later.
Lawn Care for Spring Includes Raking
Raking helps collect leaves and remove thatch. Thatch is the layer of dead grass that hasn’t yet decomposed. If thatch becomes too thick, it will block water and nutrients from reaching the new, healthy grass. It can also cause disease and pest infestations.
Use Grass Seed
After raking, sprinkle grass seed on bare patches of the lawn. Research to learn about the right type of seed to use for your area. Most grass seed germinates best when soil temperatures are around 65 degrees. Plant the seed when the temperature is consistently warm.
Fertilize as Part of Your Spring Lawn Care Routine
When choosing a fertilizer this spring, look for one with high levels of nitrogen. This helps the grass look vibrant and green. Your hardware store will have fertilizers labeled as “spring fertilizer” or “starter fertilizer.” Apply fertilizer about three weeks after the grass begins to grow. Water the lawn a couple of days before you apply it. Spread it evening across the lawn and water again.
Use Herbicides for Weeds
If you have a problem with weeds and crabgrass, purchase a post-emergent herbicide. This product will help prevent weeds from taking over the lawn. Another option is to pull the weeds as they grow in.
Mowing the Lawn
You can begin mowing when the ground is dry and grass requires cutting. It’s generally a good idea to remove no more than ⅓ of the height of the grass to keep it healthy. Sharpen your mower blades at the beginning of spring to keep them from shredding the blades of grass.
These springtime tips for lawn care will help you get your lawn off to a great start as the weather warms.