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Springtime Lawn Care for Beginners: A Green Start to the Season

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 2:30 pm


As the days grow longer and the sun begins to warm the earth, it’s time to turn our attention to our lawns. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a complete beginner, spring is the perfect time to give your lawn some TLC. This article will cover essential springtime lawn care tips to help you achieve a lush, healthy, and envy-worthy lawn.

  1. Rake Away Winter Debris

Before diving into any other tasks, grab your trusty rake. Remove any dead leaves, twigs, and debris that have accumulated over the winter. This step allows sunlight and air to reach the soil, promoting healthy grass growth.

  1. Aerate Your Lawn

Aeration is like a spa day for your lawn. It involves perforating the soil with small holes, allowing nutrients, water, and oxygen to penetrate deeply. You can rent an aerator or hire a professional to do this for you. A well-aerated lawn encourages strong root development and better water absorption.

  1. Fertilize Wisely

Choose a high-quality, slow-release fertilizer specifically formulated for lawns. Follow the instructions carefully, as over-fertilization can harm your grass. Spring is the ideal time to fertilize, as it kick-starts growth and helps your lawn recover from winter stress.

  1. Weed Control

Springtime is when weeds start popping up. Tackle them early to prevent them from taking over your lawn. Use a pre-emergent herbicide to stop weed seeds from germinating. For existing weeds, consider spot-treating with a post-emergent herbicide. Remember to follow safety precautions and use herbicides sparingly.

  1. Mow at the Right Height

Set your mower blades to the correct height. For most grass types, aim for a height of around 2.5 to 3 inches. Mowing too short weakens the grass and invites weeds. Regular mowing encourages lateral growth and a denser lawn.

  1. Water Wisely

Proper watering is crucial for a healthy lawn. Water deeply but infrequently. Aim for about 1 inch of water per week, including rainfall. Water early in the morning to minimize evaporation. Invest in a rain gauge to track natural precipitation.

  1. Repair Bare Spots

Inspect your lawn for bare patches. These areas are susceptible to weeds and erosion. Reseed or lay down sod to fill in the gaps. Keep the newly seeded areas consistently moist until the grass establishes itself.

  1. Edge Your Lawn

Neatly-edged lawns look polished and well-maintained. Use an edging tool or a half-moon edger to create clean lines along sidewalks, driveways, and flower beds. It’s a small step that makes a big difference.

  1. Consider Over Seeding

If your lawn has thin areas or lacks density, consider over seeding. Choose a quality grass seed blend suitable for your region. Spread it evenly across the lawn and lightly rake it in. Water consistently until the new grass sprouts.

  1. Enjoy the Results

With consistent care and attention, your lawn will thrive throughout the spring and beyond. Take pride in your green oasis, and don’t forget to kick back and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

If you are curious to learn more about how to care for your lawn or what works best in your home’s landscaping then you should think about attending the Turf Grass Awareness meeting on May 2nd. This class will run from 5 pm-7:30 pm and be held at the UT Extension Marshall County office on 230 College Street in Lewisburg. This class will also touch on some common turf grass diseases and weeds. To register you can scan the QR code or contact Jonathan Johns at the Extension office. You can also register at this link:

Remember, springtime lawn care is about setting the stage for a vibrant, healthy lawn. Follow these beginner-friendly tips, and soon your neighbors will be asking for your secret to a picture-perfect lawn. Happy gardening!