new growth in a lawn in spring

Lawn Care Spring Cleaning Checklist

A harsh winter is hard on a yard, and while Spring is known for your yard blooming back to life, sometimes it needs a little help getting there. It’s important to prepare your yard for it’s growing season. Your yard has been lying dormant under snow and ice for months. It’s no wonder it needs a little love from you before it can properly flourish. This lawn care Spring cleaning checklist will ensure your lawn is good as new for the Spring.

Clear Debris From Your Yard

During winter, your hard has most likely accumulated debris. Your plants have most likely accumulated dead leaves and branches. You need to get all of this off your yard. Grab some gloves, and get rid of all the debris that has plagued your yard. There may be branches that have fallen off, dead grass, and maybe even some litter. You want your yard to be nice and clean for the rest of the spring cleaning tasks. The cleaner and healthier your yard is, the better your Spring will be. As a bonus, this debris makes great composting material, which is a wonderful (and green) way to put nutrients back into your soil.

Rake

Raking in spring time to remove dead branches and leaves accumulated from winter.

After you’ve cleared all the big stuff from your yard, it’s time to rake. Raking will remove all the dead grass and leaves and anything you may have missed with your hands. Raking will also help control thatch build-up. Be sure you also clear out all the pine cones that may have accumulated in your yard. Raking will ensure your lawn is as healthy as can be for the Spring growing season. 

Be Proactive Against Weeds and Pests

It’s best to always plan for weed control. It’s easier to try to prevent them before they emerge than to have to weed constantly. For your lawn, it’s best to use a pre-emergent, especially for crabgrass prevention. Crabgrass will start popping up when temperatures get into the 50s. That’s why it’s best to use your pre-emergent in early Spring. For pest control, it’s best to just stick to deer-resistant plants. To ward off ticks, you can spray your lawn in the late spring. 

Mowing

Mowing the lawn for the first time in spring.

It’s important to mow often in the early Spring. Letting your grass grow out and then cutting it, stunts the roots. Instead, you want to mow almost every day for the first month or two of Spring. This will keep your lawn healthy and happy for the growing season. 

Apply Fertilizer 

When you are preparing your flower beds, old and new, it is also a good idea to apply fertilizer. You want to nourish your soil back to health after the harsh winter. Consider using compost in the Spring as your fertilizer. Your plants will appreciate compost most in the Spring. If you’re using a chemical fertilizer instead, follow the directions and don’t use it in excess. 

Prepare Flower Beds

Even after the Winter, you should have some perennial beds still going strong. To ensure it stays that way, you want to clean up around them after the Winter. Remove weeds around them whenever you come across them. If you are focused on new flower beds, now is the time to perfect those too. Kill the area of grass you want to start your new bed on or build raised beds. Weeds will flock to your new flower bed quickly, so be sure you are staying on top of weeding. This way, your bed will have everything it needs to flourish. 

Replenish Mulch 

While mulch is useless on the lawn, it is very useful around your flowers and trees. It helps prevent weeds. You want to replenish your mulch around all your flowering beds, shrubs, and trees. It’s best to do this after most of your checklist is done. 

Plant New Seeds 

Spring is a great time to start planting any trees, perennial flowers, or shrubs you’ve been wanting in your yard. You can even start a new lawn or overseed your lawn to make up for bare spots in it. However, be careful if you have applied a pre-emergent for weed control. If you are doing weed control in the Spring, it is best to wait for Fall to overseed your lawn. 

Prune Damaged Branches and Shrubs 

Pruning dead branches in spring time.

As mentioned before, Winter can be hard on your plants. That’s why after Winter, it’s good to go and prune off all the dead limbs. The hard part is, your plants also may need some of the healthy wood pruned off. This mostly depends on what you want your shrub to look like. After you’ve removed all the dead wood, don’t prune plants that bloom in the spring. However, you can still prune shrubs that bloom later in the year. 

Divide or Transplant Perennials 

After you prune your perennials to a shorter height, it’s sometimes best to divide them. That way your flower bed doesn’t get too crowded. Transplant the ones you took to a bare or sparse area. This will give all your plants enough room to grow in the spring and keep your lawn looking beautiful. 

Conclusion

Undoubtedly spring is a wonderful time of the year. However, with the arrival of spring, your site requires great maintenance. Contact us at Earth Development and we will help you restore your lawn to perfect condition with our services.