Tips For Early Spring Lawn Rejuvenation And Care

Just as the season of winter starts to turn to spring, your lawn leaves its dormant state and the grass starts to grow again. Gone is the dusty brownish-green expanse, as it's now starting to be replaced by the first hints of brand-new spring growth. 

During the time period just as winter transitions to spring is the most important time for lawn care. Proper watering, feeding, and mowing during this transitional stage will determine the health and look of your lawn until it goes dormant again next fall.

To ensure your lawn is as healthy as possible and looks fantastic all spring and summer, follow each of these early spring lawn rejuvenation and care tips:

Tip: Re-Seed Your Lawn and Let the Spring Growing Season Help It Get Established

Since grass loves to grow in the spring and it is the easiest time of year to establish new plants, early spring is a fantastic time to spread more grass seed throughout your lawn. Use a spreader and spread new seed even in areas with well-established grass plants. Grass plants continually grow and die, and adding seed each spring makes it a lot easier to prevent bare spots. Any seed that doesn't grow will be eaten by the birds.

Tip: Watch the Local Weather Reports and Avoid Overwatering 

Many people make the mistake of overwatering their lawns in the spring. Until the rains have stopped and the temperatures are higher both during the day and at night, watering is mostly unnecessary. Unless you stick your finger into the dirt under the grass and it is bone dry, the lawn doesn't need to be watered.

Tip: Feed the Grass Plants with a High-Quality Lawn Fertilizer

Established lawns have fed off of the underlying soil's nutrients for years, and this makes it hard for new grass plants to grow and existing plants to stay healthy. To overcome this problem, you need to feed your lawn a high-quality lawn fertilizer every spring. When you add fertilizer in the early spring, the plants are able to rejuvenate and have the maximum length of growth seasons possible.

Tip: Don't Over-Mow Your Lawn or Cut It Too Short

As you get farther into spring and need to mow for the first time, it's important you don't mow down the grass below a couple inches in length. While mowing as short as possible means you don't have to mow as often, it is not healthy for the grass. Grass plants need to be kept longer so they send down larger roots and become well established.