Prep Your Lawn for Spring

Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2024

The end of winter means no more dead leaves to rake, no more branches to prune and no more dead grass. The end of winter also means it’s time to get your lawn ready for spring. This sets the stage for lush, healthy growth throughout the season. Here are some tips for getting your lawn in shape. Need visual inspiration? Drive through Sierra Vista. Our residents’ lawns are beautiful all year long.

Declutter and Rake

Remove any debris, branches or leftover leaves that have accumulated over the winter. This allows for better air circulation and sunlight penetration. Rake the lawn gently to remove thatch (a layer of dead grass and debris) that may have built up. This helps prevent diseases and allows nutrients to reach the soil.

Aerate and Test

Consider aerating your lawn to loosen compacted soil and improve water and nutrient absorption. You can rent a core aerator or hire a professional for this task. Consider conducting a soil test to assess nutrient levels and pH. Based on the results, you can adjust your fertilization and soil amendment strategies.

Use Lots of Seeds

Got bare spots? Don’t just sprinkle a few seeds on them. Fill in bare patches and promote thicker grass growth by overseeding with a suitable grass seed for your region. Make sure to choose a high-quality seed and follow the instructions for seeding rates.

Don’t Forget to Fertilize

Apply a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer specifically formulated for spring application. This provides essential nutrients for early-season growth without causing excessive flushes of growth that can stress the lawn.

Prevent Weeds Before They Start

Apply pre-emergent herbicides to prevent weeds from germinating and emerging in your lawn. Follow label instructions carefully and avoid applying in areas where you’ve recently seeded. If you prefer a more organic approach, sprinkle cornmeal gluten, often called corn gluten meal, in areas you want to keep free of weeds. The corn gluten inhibits seed germination. This can often be found in specialty garden stores.

Ready, Set Mow

Start mowing your lawn once it begins actively growing. Set your mower blades to the appropriate height for your grass type, typically around 2.5 to 3 inches. Avoid cutting more than one-third of the grass blade length at a time to prevent stress.


Ensure your lawn receives adequate moisture. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth. Early morning is the best time to water, minimizing evaporation and fungal issues.

Keep an Eye Out for Pests

Keep an eye out for signs of pest infestations such as grubs or insect damage. Signs include brown patches, spongy turf and holes. Once you detect pests, visit your local gardening center to discuss solutions.

Mulch It Up

Apply a fresh layer of mulch around trees, shrubs, and flower beds to conserve moisture, suppress weeds and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your landscape.

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