Are There Steps I Can Take Now to Get a Better Lawn in the Spring?

Posted on Oct 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Are There Steps I Can Take Now to Get a Better Lawn in the Spring? | The Experienced Gardener

Fall and winter can seem like a dead time for your yard. And in many ways, they are. There are some things you simply have to wait until spring to do in your yard. But that does not mean you have to ignore your lawn until the weather warms up. There are a number of steps you can take now to get a better lawn in the spring.

Stay on top of yard clean-up

One of the biggest threats to your yard during the fall is all the debris that comes with the season. The fall leaves are pretty to look at as they change colors but they can wreak havoc on your lawn once they fall from the trees. The problems arise when the leaves are allowed to stay on the lawn for an extended period of time. If you have a significant amount of leaves they can block your grass from getting the sun and nutrients it needs to thrive. It is important to deal with debris promptly so it does not smother out your current grass and prevent new grass from appearing in the spring.

Have your yard treated for weeds

There are some types of weeds that lay dormant in your yard throughout the fall and winter and then pop up at the first sign of spring. You can prevent these weeds from invading your yard in the spring by dealing with them now. Talk to your lawn care professional about your options when it comes to spraying your yard for weeds. The right option for you will depend on the area where you live and the types of weeds that plague your yard.

Start planning for outdoor projects

The constant yard maintenance required during the spring and summer can make it difficult to get around to other outdoor projects. As growing season slows down so does the amount of time you have to spend on mowing and maintaining your yard. Now is a great time to take care of other outside projects that can improve your lawn. This could include having an irrigation system put in or dealing with dead trees. Completing projects like this in the fall will allow you to focus on the health of your yard once spring comes back around.

The care needs of your yard change with the season but never completely go away. You can work to improve the well-being of your yard even during the fall and spring. You can get your yard ready for the spring by keeping it clean, getting preventative treatment for weeds and by getting a jump on the outdoor projects you have been thinking about doing.  

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