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Spring Lawn Maintenance Dos and Don'ts

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

After months of brown lawn intermittently emerging from under a blanket of snow, your lawn begins to show its first signs of green again. It's exciting, but don't get carried away. If you kick your lawn maintenance regimen into high gear in the wrong ways, you can cause all sorts of problems for your lawn. At the same time, if you skip over the right types of spring lawn maintenance, you can create problems too. Here are a few spring lawn maintenance dos and don'ts to keep you on track.

From fertilizer to snow removal, there's a lot you have to get right to get your lawn back into shape for the new growing season. Let these tips help you out this spring.
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Don't Go Overboard on Fertilizer

One of the easiest mistakes to make come spring is feeding your lawn too much. Fertilizer is great, but too much too early in the spring causes problems. What you'll get if you go overboard is lots of topgrowth. It looks great, but all that topgrowth comes at the expense of your lawns roots. Go easy on the nitrogen, light on the fertilizer in general. Fertilize throughout the season, not all at once in the spring, and your lawn will thank you for it.

Do Help Snow Melt Evenly

If you've shoveled snow so there are piles at the edges of your lawn, or if there are shady spots where the temperatures keep snow from melting, get out there and lend a helping hand. Spread out the piles, remove the snow from the cold spots. The longer your lawn sits under snow once the ground has thawed, the more likely your lawn is to develop a snow fungus.

Do Consider Overseeding

Winter can be hard on your lawn. If your lawn is a little thin and worn after the cold months, spreading some new seed over it is a spring lawn maintenance must. The new growth will thicken up the lawn overall, fill in the bare spots, and have things looking hardy and healthy in no time.  

Spring is an exciting time for your yard. Treat your lawn right as it comes out of its winter dormancy, and you'll see the benefits for months to come.

About the Author
Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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