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Lawn Maintenance Tips for Early Spring

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

You have a choice ahead of you, diligent homeowner. Complete these recommended spring lawn maintenance duties and make the summer easier on yourself, or ignore them and accept the consequences for the rest of the year.

The trick to quick and successful lawn maintenance is grouping the tasks in a logical order and then getting them done over the course of a few weekends. You can't simply do them all in one day, as each stage will require some down time once completed. There are three primary steps to lawn maintenance that you should concentrate on during the spring months.
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Spring Lawn Maintenance in Three Stages

  • Stage 1. Raking, aerating, and liming are tasks that should be completed together. This step removes debris and primes your soil for seeding.
  • Stage 2. Overseeding, fertilizing, and herbiciding will prepare for the beginning of the growth season and keep annoying and damaging pests to a minimum.
  • Stage 3. Tuning up your lawn mower and creating a strategic mowing plan will shorten the hours it takes to keep your lush lawn presentable.

Ask ten different homeowners about the best way to complete these duties and you're likely to get ten different answers. But stick to these proven tips and you'll soon be enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Tips for Success

  • Know Your Climate. If spring weather comes later in your region, move this schedule back to synchronize preparation with growth.
  • Pulling Weeds. Be on the lookout for dandelions, as these choke off healthy grass blades.
  • Irrigating. Water early in the morning or late in the evening for best results.

Visit your local home and garden center for regional specifics on this lawn maintenance schedule. The professionals there will help you fine-tune your approach. 

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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