Spring Lawn Care Tips
Spring is the time to get your lawn in optimal shape. As the growing season begins, your grass will be in prime condition to thrive—if taken care of properly with correct spring lawn maintenance.
Follow these spring lawn care steps to ensure your yard is lush and green this summer:
DIY Tip #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 mower ready. The needs of your mower may vary depending on what maintenance you performed when you were finished mowing in the fall, but the basic steps include changing the oil, replacing the spark plug and air filter, and sharpening and balancing the blades.
DIY Tip #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 spring, chances are good new leaves, sticks, weeds, and other debris have made their way onto your grass. Taking some time to clean off your lawn before beginning other spring lawn care steps will make it easier to treat and maintain your grass.
DIY Tip #3: Start overseeding your lawn
If you have any bare patches on your grass, you may need to start overseeding your lawn. Plant grass seed to help grow new patches where the lawn died during the winter. Check with your local Lawn Doctor professional to determine how much seed your lawn may need, and when you should plant the seed in your lawn.
DIY Tip #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, and are an effective preventative method for controlling annual grassy weeds. 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. Your Lawn Doctor expert will know which weeds are a problem in your area.
DIY Tip #5: Prevent lawn disease
Did your lawn develop dead patches during the winter? Proper lawn disease prevention can rejuvenate your yard. Our Lawn Maintainer Care program will help prevent lawn disease and pests throughout the year.
DIY Tip #6: Mow and grass-cycle your lawn
Once your grass begins to grow, start mowing your lawn. Check out our lawn mowing tips to review proper techniques and safety considerations for mowing.
Grass-cycling is the process of leaving grass clippings on the lawn. Instead of bagging the clippings, let them spread out on your lawn to recycle grass elements back into the soil.
DIY Tip #7: 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 use 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.
DIY Tip #8: Check your pH and balance your soil
Having the correct pH level for your lawn can help alleviate many lawn care issues in the long run. Lawn Doctor can professionally test your soil to help you determine which.treatment is right for your lawn.
Soil enrichment stimulates a stronger and healthier root system while improving the structure of your lawn’s soil. The process also improves root penetration and soil water retention, making regular watering more effective. Soil enrichment can also reduce damaging salts from the root zone and improve soil aeration.
DIY Tip #9: Watch your thatch level
When soil becomes compacted over time, it restricts the grass’s access to vital nutrients and makes it difficult for the soil to absorb water. Lawn aeration helps alleviate thatch and facilitates better grass growth. Thatch is a combination of living and dead plant matter. Grass clippings do not generally contribute to thatch buildup as they can be easily broken down. A small amount of thatch may be beneficial; however, excessive thatch can cause root problems.
For more information on spring lawn care and additional lawn care tips for spring, contact your local Lawn Doctor.