Proactive Lawn Care Tasks to Put on Your To-Do List

Posted on Dec 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan


Proactive Lawn Care Tasks to Put on Your To-Do List | The Experienced Gardener-1

If you are working to build up your landscape into something you are proud of, you likely have some theories about what makes that happen. Perhaps you think that once you get a sprinkler system installed you will finally be able to get the grass to grow. Maybe you’ve heard that the key to a beautiful lawn is choosing the right type of grass to plant. If you have tried and failed to get the lawn of your dreams in the past it can be easy to think that you are somehow missing out on a crucial element for reaching your goal. The real key to getting the lawn you want is to be proactive with the care you provide it. Tasks you should put on your lawn care to-do list include aeration, fertilization, weed control and pest control.


Aeration is a very proactive lawn care task. The process of aeration removes small plugs of dirt from your lawn. With these removed, the roots of the grass are exposed. This type of direct access to the root system of your grass means that you can get nutrients straight to the area that needs it most. Aeration is a task you can do in preparation for fertilization to maximize its effectiveness.


Fertilizing your yard gives it nutrients that it may not otherwise get or may only get in small amounts. The nutrient needs of each type of grass vary and can impact which type of fertilizer you use. In addition, the naturally occurring nutrients in your soil can impact how well grass grows and how often you should fertilize. This is a proactive lawn care task that can help you develop and maintain a healthy lawn.

Weed control

If weeds are allowed to grow unencumbered they will eventually crowd out the healthy grass and plants you have in your yard. The reality is that most weeds do not need the level of nutrients as grass and other plants. This means that they can grow and spread quickly. One proactive way to combat a weed issue is to invest in professional weed control. You can talk with the weed control professional to determine the best course of action for your current weed problem.

Pest control

Pests are another big threat to the health of your grass and plants. Some pests are above ground and attempt to eat away at your plants, and maybe even munch on you. Other pests spend their time underground but they still have the ability to make their presence known in your yard. Professional pest control is a proactive step that you should take in order to get the lawn of your dreams.

Proactive lawn care is the only type of lawn care that will get you the yard you want. If you keep weeds and pests under control you have already won half the battle. These tasks protect your yard. Aeration and fertilization are two tasks that will allow your lawn to grow and thrive. Putting all four of these proactive tasks into action will get you closer than you’ve ever been before to the yard of your dreams.

Winter cleaning

The fall and winter can leave you with debris all over your yard. Leaves are one of the main culprits along with broken branches and dead plants. You know that all of these things are going to have to be cleaned before you start mowing again in the spring. You can get a head start on this project during the winter. You may find that leaves require an extended period of cleanup, but branches and dead plant material will not require the same effort. If you have other things in your yard that you want to get rid of this is the ideal time. Broken toys, the chair your dog used as a chew toy and any other unused or unfixable thing in your yard is fair game during winter cleaning. Dealing with these things now will leave you in a much better place once spring arrives.

Trees and shrubs

You can work on the health and appearance of your trees and shrubs during the winter. You can get systemic injections for your trees and give them a boost of nutrients. Winter is also a good time to trim back your trees and shrubs. They are in a dormant phase which allows you to cut them back without interrupting their growth. Tree and shrub overgrowth can cause serious problems in your yard. You can prevent this issue with a yard project during the winter.

Plan for the spring

After you finish all of your winter yard projects, you probably still have a list of projects you want to complete in the spring. Winter is a great time to start planning for spring projects. One of the most important aspects of getting the yard you want is timing. When should you aerate? Fertilize? Plant grass seed? Start a garden? All of these projects, and others, will be much more likely to thrive if you pay attention to timing. For example, if you plant fruits or vegetables at the wrong time you could end up with a dead garden or sparse harvest. But, if you get the timing right, you could end up with fresh veggies running out your ears. A little planning during the winter can help you learn about the appropriate timing for all the projects on your list.

You do not have to wait until the spring to get started on your yard projects. Put on your warmest coat and get out in the yard this winter. When the spring finally comes you will be glad you were proactive with your list of projects during the winter. 

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