At the first sign of spring in Minnesota, many of us are ready to pounce on our yard and get the growing season started. However, when it comes to your spring lawn care in Minnesota, patience and planning will pay dividends. Newly emerging grass shoots are tender and easily damaged. Likewise, soggy soil that leaves an indent when stepped on should be left to dry to avoid being compacted. Our experts created a foolproof checklist to help you create a lush, green lawn this year.
Spring Lawn Care Tips
Across the Twin Cities, cool-season turfgrass species are the most common. These lawns have a growing cycle that is well-suited for our northern climate. They grow vigorously in the spring and fall when temperatures are warm, but still mild enough to not cause heat or drought stress. During the hottest mid-summer months, growth slows and these grasses become dormant which helps them withstand heat and drought. Creating a lawn care plan that is in sync with your turf’s natural growth cycle will give you the best results.
Wondering when to overseed, fertilize, or aerate your grass in Minnesota?
The schedule below can answer your most common questions!
- Clean and service lawn care equipment, such as having your mower blades sharpened.
- 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–wait 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:
- Do you have washouts or standing water? Professionals at Rainbow Lawncare can address damage which may require re-grading the soil or reseeding to recover.
- Do you have salt damage? Gently water areas near roads to wash the salt away.
- Are there signs of rodent damage or tunneling?
- Are there bare patches, such as under trees or other shady areas? Consider overseeding now to take advantage of extra sunlight before your trees leaf out.
- Are there signs of snow molds or other lawn diseases?
Mid to Late Spring
We’re passionate about spring lawn care in Minnesota, and it’s important to us that you have the proper tools and knowledge to keep your lawn looking and feeling fresh all spring and summer! If you’d like some help from the professionals, contact us to schedule a consultation. We’ll develop a program customized to the conditions in your yard, since no two yards are the same. Spring’s just around the corner, so make sure you’re ready with the help of Rainbow Lawncare.