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Your Spring Lawn Care To-Do List

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Too many people take their grass for granted. They simply expect it to bounce back each spring, green and lush as ever. However, healthy grass doesn't come without a bit of work. With some basic maintenance each year, you can avoid problems with grass that starts to look matted, tired, or faded as the years pass. Here are some simple spring tasks that can help your grass get a head start into this year's growing season. 

1. Rake up old grass and debris.

To help your grass have a decent amount of healthy new growth, you should run a light rake over your lawn to help pull up dead blades that have built up over the winter. Your lawn also won't start to grow well if it's covered with leaves from fall and winter debris like fallen branches and twigs. Do this fairly early in the spring to allow your grass plenty of time to breathe and take advantage of spring sunshine. 

2. Seed where needed.

After raking, you'll be able to see where your lawn is struggling a bit. Maybe some patches are looking a little bare. Spread these areas with some new grass seed to help even out the tone of your lawn. Seeding early helps the grass to come in all together, making it easier to mow and care for when the season is warmer. If your spring is dry, remember to water the newly seeded area deeply every three or four days. 

3. Fertilize.

Once your grass is actively growing again, use a lawn fertilizer to help provide the nutrients that might have become depleted over the last growing season. Be sure to use a fertilizer made for lawns, and not an all-purpose plant fertilizer. Grass has more unique nutritional needs, and if you over-use general fertilizer, you could end up burning or stunting your grass. Apply fertilizer in a few mild treatments to help provide the benefits without any risk of literal overkill.

4. Do basic mower maintenance. 

Finally, you'll want to make sure your mower is ready for the season. Get the blades sharpened, clean out the engine, and clear away caked on grass from the underside. Make sure you set your mower height higher. Many people ruin grass by mowing it much too short. Taller grass blades allow for better weed control, a more even appearance, and healthier roots, simply because the blades are able to produce more food through photosynthesis.