6 Spring Lawn Preparation Steps: How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring?

January 19, 2021

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Soon, winter will come to an end and spring will arrive with its bright and beautiful weather. Now is a wonderful time to start planning your spring projects, among which your lawn is indeed an important one.

In the winter months, your grass, trees, and shrubs mostly lie dormant beneath a blanket of snow and ice, which can leave them weak and hungry. As the winter subsides, you would want to revive your lawn so that it becomes lush and healthy in the spring. If you are wondering how to get your lawn ready for spring, here are some spring lawn preparation steps to follow.

Steps for Spring Lawn Preparation

1. Clean Your Lawn

The first among spring lawn care steps to gear up your lawn for spring is cleaning up the twigs, leaves, and other debris gathered on your lawn over the winter months. Rakes are useful in lawn clean up but using air blowers is even easier. Any debris present in your lawn can get stuck in the mower and hinder the proper reach of fertilizers to your lawn.

clean your lawn

2. Apply Fertilizer, Weed Killer, and Pre-Emergent

In early spring, go for a combination of fertilizer and pre-emergent. The fertilizer will feed your grass and the pre-emergent – a herbicide – will prevent crabgrass. Depending upon the pre-emergent used, it may be necessary to apply the two products again – in addition to a broadleaf weed killer – after six to eight weeks.

Most lawn care companies and several available lawn care blends provide a combination of weed killer and pre-emergent in one application that can reduce the time needed to apply them as well as the cost. Consult with your lawn care professional to achieve the best results for your lawn.

3. Mow Early and Often

A common mistake made by homeowners is mowing once a week only in the spring. If the grass grows too high and is then cut, the roots get stunted and so they are unable to reproduce properly. So, the right approach is mowing often enough to prevent from mowing more than 1/3 of the leaf blade surface at a time. This often requires mowing more than once a week over the first six weeks of spring, based on the weather. This will ensure a fuller and thicker lawn.

early spring lawn care

4. Aerate Your Lawn

Aeration can resolve the problem of compacted soil and is essential for a truly healthy lawn. The frequency of aerating your lawn depends on how your lawn is used and the type of soil.

The right time for aerating warm-season grasses is late spring to early summer. For cool-season grasses, the best time for lawn aeration is fall. However, if you didn’t aerate your lawn last fall, you can carry out the job in early spring.

5. Water Your Lawn

The lawn irrigation needs in the spring differ by region. For arid desert and mountain areas, lawn watering should be continued like it’s done in the winter. The irrigation frequency should be increased as temperatures rise, as spring winds form in the Southwest,and if there is a scarcity of spring rainfall in mountain areas.

In the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and North areas, spring rains usually provide enough moisture to awaken lawns. So, don’t get tempted to water your lawn in order to green up your grass. Allow the grass to green up naturally. Perform irrigation only if there is a lack of rains and there are signs of dehydration in the grass.

lawn watering

6. Overseed Your Lawn

Overseed to fill the thin or bare spots in your lawn. For warm-season grasses, the best time for overseeding is late spring. For cool-season grasses, the ideal time to overseed lawns is fall. However, in colder regions, you can get satisfactory results by spot-seeding small areas in the spring.

Perform an application of a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer when you overseed. Use a quick-release nitrogen feed after five weeks from overseeding.

Start Planning your Spring Lawn Care Schedule Now!

It is always good to have a solid spring lawn care plan ready in advance. AATB, a leading lawn care services provider in Iowa, will be happy to guide you in spring lawn preparation. Our spring lawn care experts are equipped with vast experience and have a proven track record of creating lush and healthy spring lawns.

If you are thinking about how to prepare lawn for spring, rely on us for professional spring lawn care services. Request a consultation with our spring lawn care company today!

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If you are not completely satisfied with an All American Turf Beauty application to your lawn, we will re-apply the application at no additional cost and continue the regular lawn treatment program. Alternately, we will fully refund your cost for the application and cancel any further obligation on your part.

To qualify for the guarantee, you must call All American Turf Beauty within 30 days of application.

Our goal at All American Turf Beauty, Inc. is a simple one:

To provide you with the highest quality products and methods available.

We offer every kind of service that it takes to develop and maintain a beautiful lawn in Iowa based on the climate, soil types, and the varieties of grass that are commonly grown here.

One of the keys to the success of the program is that we provide treatment to lawns approximately every 8 weeks throughout the growing season. This ensures that the grass has fertilizer (food) available throughout the growing season. Dandelions and other Broadleaf weeds are controlled as they germinate thus enabling a weed free lawn, and our Turf Specialist is at the property four to six times per season to address problems as and when they arise.

Another key to our service is our people. The most important person to you in our company is the Turf Specialist assigned to treat your lawn.

We are proud to say that our Turf Specialists are the best trained and most experienced in the lawn care industry.

When you become a customer at All American Turf Beauty, a Turf Specialist is assigned to your account. You will have the same person treating your lawn each time. It is their responsibility to service your lawn, make sure it is receiving the correct applications as scheduled, and to provide you with the best personalized service possible. Their jobs depend on it.

We have several programs to choose from. Your Turf Specialist will recommend the best program that fits the needs of your lawn and your budget.


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