How to Get a Great Lawn This Spring

Give your grass the lawn care it needs to thrive when nature’s spring wake-up call begins. Simple actions can safeguard your lawn from weed invasion, illness, and drought this year.


Raking removes winter-killed leaves and grass blades. The thatch layer will increase if you don’t remove the dead grass. Rubbing away snow mold-damaged grass clumps helps release them. Pull up the spring-tinted tines to remove dead grass. Rake only when the ground is solid and dry to prevent injuring healthy grass.


Overseed the grass to fill in any gaps. If you reside in a cooler climate, you can achieve good results by planting small areas in the spring. Apply slow-release nitrogen fertilizer while overseeding. Five weeks after overseeding, provide a nitrogen feed. To avoid dry spots on your lawn, learn what causes them and how to treat them.


Aeration is essential for a healthy lawn since it helps loosen the soil. The soil type and traffic in your yard decide how often you should aerate it. Aerate warm-season grasses in late spring or early summer. Fall is ideal for folks who enjoy a milder climate. If you didn’t start in the fall, you may now. Learn the ins and outs of aerating and the proper practices.


A spring dethatching is preferable. Plant warm-season grasses in late spring or early summer, and cool-season grasses in early spring.


If you have crabgrass on your lawn, use pre-emergent herbicides. This prevents the previous year’s seeds from growing. Timing is crucial in this case. Most product packaging contains instructions for when and how to apply pre-emergent herbicides. Post-emergent broadleaf herbicides reduce perennial and winter annual weeds on warm-season lawns. In cool-season lawns, perennial weeds should be controlled early on. This product kills dandelion, clover, and crabgrass.


Apply a spring fertilizer treatment three weeks after your lawn starts to green up (that usually corresponds to the time following two or three mowings). Applying fertilizer too early in the spring risks growing weeds and generating runoff. Early applications may also produce luxuriant blade development before roots have commenced their spring growth spurt.


The quantity of spring irrigation required varies by area. Increase irrigation frequency when temperatures increase, spring winds emerge in the Southwest, and spring rainfall is scarce in mountain areas.


Start mowing when the ground is dry and the grass is tall enough. Make sure you’re trimming at the right height for your lawn. Too short mowing is harmful. Mowing the grass too short may encourage weed seed development. As a result, the grass is more susceptible to drought. Examine the lawn mowing rules to improve your skills.

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