When it comes to caring for your lawn in the spring, easy does it. While clean up is a good priority, it’s best to use a gentle touch with tasks such as raking. Newly emerging grass shoots are tender and easily damaged. Likewise, soggy soil that leaves a visible indent when stepped on should be left to dry to avoid being compacted under heavy foot traffic.
Spring is a great time to develop your plan for proper watering and fertilizing throughout the growing season, as well as addressing new concerns such as tunneling rodents, or winter damage. Lawn care professionals can help address concerns such as damage from spring flooding or washouts, which may require re-grading the soil or reseeding to recover.
Spring Lawn Care Tips
Use these expert tips to get your lawn off to a great start this season:
- Clean up your yard and landscape.
- Lightly rake matted areas using a springy leaf rake.
- Focus on lifting the turf.
- Don’t try to rake out of all the brown grass or thatch until late summer or fall.
- Avoid raking too aggressively, which can tear out newly emerging grass and create bare spots that invite weeds.
- Survey your yard for changes:
- Consider overseeding bare spots to take advantage of increased sunlight before trees leaf out.
- Assess new concerns such as rodent tunneling, increased bumpiness, or washouts caused by spring rain and snowmelt.
- Time application of crabgrass pre-emergent for late spring or early summer when it begins to appear.
Proper mowing is also an important part of good lawn care. Keep your mower working well by changing the oil or having it serviced. Also, make sure the blades are sharpened. Mowing with a dull blade can tear grass, leaving it more vulnerable to disease and drought damage. See our fact sheet on Proper Mowing to learn more.