Spring Lawn Care

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Early spring is the time to think about the best way to help a winter-weary lawn recover and prepare for summer’s heat. Some simple steps now can help assure a healthy, thick, green lawn next summer.

  • Clear Away Debris: One of the best ways to prep your lawn and garden for Spring is to clear away old leaves, weeds, sticks and litter that was left under the melted snow. 
  • Get A Soil Test: A soil test can determine the current fertility and health of your soil. By measuring both the pH level and pinpointing nutrient deficiencies, a soil test can provide the information necessary for maintaining the most optimal fertility each year.
  • Re-Seed or Re-Sod: Re-seeding and re-soding can not only increase curb appeal, but it helps maintain a healthy lawn and growth pattern in your grass which may have not survived the winter. 
  • Fertilize if Needed: Depending on the results of your soil test, you may need to fertilize your lawn and garden to bring back the nutrient into the soil.
  • Mow Your Lawn: Mowing your lawn helps your yard look clean and well-kept, and it keeps your neighbors happy! Wait until temperatures have been consistently reaching at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Trying to cut grass that hasn’t fully thawed from its winter nap can damage the tender blades.
  • Plant Your Flowers and Crops: Once your lawn and garden have been tested and prepped, it’s finally time to plant your flowers and crops and watch them grow!

Note: Unless the lawn has several bare areas and is thin, wait until Memorial Day to fertilize. Too much fertilizer in the spring will cause the plants to make leaves instead of roots and without good roots, the lawn suffers more from summer drought. However, if the lawn is very thin, a dose of fertilizer will help it fill in and crowd out weeds.

All of this hard work will pay off because when summer comes, you will have a beautiful, full green lawn and garden! 



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