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Spring is Here! Lawn Care Tasks You Need to Do Now

The time is now to ready your yard and lawn for spring and summer enjoyment. These days of warming temps are a perfect time to tackle your spring lawn care tasks.

Seed the Lawn

Before soil temps reach 65 degrees, spread grass seed over any bare or thin spots. The sooner the grass roots, the faster it can box out weeds. Or even better, put down sod — less room for those to weeds to grow.

Clean Out Debris

Winter weather leaves our yards full of branches, leftover leaves, and clumps of yard rubble scattered around. Clear that unsightly mess from your lawn and gardens after the overnight air temps consistently rise above freezing. (Before that, it helps protect your grass, like a warm blanket.)

Apply Fertilizer with Pre‐Emergent Herbicide

This may sound like old gardener lore, but even master gardeners follow it: When yellow forsythia bushes begin to bloom, it iss time to apply a slow‐release fertilizer with pre‐emergent herbicide to fight crabgrass. Apply before crabgrass germinates, which is usually when forsythia hits peak bloom.

Wash Away Salt

Most plants don’t grow well if they’re living with salt (except daylilies). So once soil adjoining the road has thawed, give your exposed plants a good watering to dilute any salt that may have splashed from the road.

Prune and Fertilize

Now is the time to prune fruit trees, shade trees, and summer‐blooming shrubs. While you are at it, remove old growth from perennials, fertilize trees and shrubs before they begin their spring growth.

Perennials

Visit your local nursery and talk to them about what is best to plant now in your area. If you pre-order now you will get the cream of the crop.

Get Your Mower Ready

Once grass reaches 2.5 to 3.5 inches tall, it is time to mow. So prep now for spring success. Get an oil change, new spark plugs, and a clean air filter, and sharpen the blades to ensure a clean first cut.

 

Posted: March 15, 2019