3 steps to getting your lawn ready for spring

Spring is an important time of year for your lawn

Published On: Mar 10 2013 02:38:29 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 11 2013 05:40:00 AM EDT

When it comes to your lawn, you don’t have to go over the top with your landscaping, but you do need to pay attention to the basics.  Spring is an important time for your lawn and if you neglect it now, Angie's List warns you’ll pay the price for the rest of the year.

“If you are like me you are looking forward to Spring, but there are things you can do now to get ready," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Angie’s List Tips: 3 Steps to Spring Lawn Care

  1. Clean up the yard: If you still have leaves or debris in your yard, remove as soon as possible. Leaves left on the yard prevent it from receiving the sunlight it needs. Rake up thatch as well because thatch can prevent nutrients and water from reaching grass roots.
  2. Service your lawnmower: Regular maintenance on your lawnmower can help avoid ill-timed breakdowns and extend its lifecycle. A service appointment should include an oil change, sparkplugs, air filter, carburetor, cables, belts, and inspection/sharpening of the blade – dull mower blades will splinter your grass, causing it to wilt
  3. Seed and feed: If you have any bare spots on your lawn, now is a good time for seed. Your lawn may also benefit from fertilizer at this time. If you are unsure about the health of your lawn, take a plug of your lawn to your local nursery to learn what your lawn really needs. The federal government requires those who apply certain chemicals to control weeds, insects or diseases to be certified pesticide applicators. If they can’t provide documentation, find another company. And beware of any company or product that promises a quick cure. Remember your lawn is a growing plant. If it is weak and damaged it will take longer to recover.


Angie’s List Tips: Lawn Mower Maintenance