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Loving Your Lawn Again: First Steps for Spring

by Joe Cooper, All About Lawns Columnist

The sun has finally returned to most areas of the country, and your lawn is more than ready. Here are a few first steps for spring lawn care:

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Time for Spring Cleaning

You wouldn't vacuum your floor without picking up your clothes, right? The same principle applies to your lawn. Especially in regions that have experienced heavy rain and winds the past few weeks, there could be a lot of debris on your lawn. Make sure you clear it of branches, leaves, trash, and any other covering that could impair your lawn's spring growth.

Get your Lawnmower Ready for Action

As your lawn starts to sprout again, getting your lawnmower in order is a good first step. Cleaning and prepping it for the spring season will help you get back into the mowing routine efficiently. Here are some basic tips:

Check the blades. If they need sharpening or balancing, local hardware stores are a good resource.

Change the oil. Just like your car, lawnmower oil should be changed regularly. Good lawnmower maintenance is easy and straightforward once you master the basics, including an oil change around every two years.

Replace the spark plugs if needed. Stale fuel can wear down your spark plugs; replacing these once a season is good lawnmower maintenance.

Spring for a new mower. Thinking of replacing your old lawn mower? Consider going and mowing green this season.

Giving Your Lawn its First Good Spring Meal

Chances are, the only nourishment your lawn has had in a few months is water. Time to rejuvenate it with some good fertilizer, whether it's mulched leaves, lawn clippings, or nitrogen-rich fertilizer from your local greenhouse or hardware store. And why not spend your green on some green fertilizers? Here are a few tips:

Don't waste your clippings. Use the clippings from your lawn's first mow and spread them right back over your lawn. This is cost- and energy-efficient!

Use fertilizers with low amounts of synthetic material. This requires some reading of the fine print when you buy organic fertilizer, but some aren't as green as they claim. Check for higher amounts of carbon-based materials than synthetic.

These basic tips are good first steps for the first few weeks of spring. Next steps like planting and landscaping can be tackled after the warmer temperatures settle in and your yard has time to wake up after the long winter.

About the Author
Joe Cooper writes education, home services, and design articles, and manages corporate communications. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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