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How to Prepare Your Lawn for Summer

Learn how to prepare your lawn for summer with the spring lawn care checklist from landscape architect Patrick Weisel in this Howcast video.


Some people have asked what's my spring lawn care checklist. There's not really a checklist per se; there's not that much you have to do. You'll just want to get out there early with the rake and rake all the debris up off the lawn. There will be a lot of twigs that have fallen off the trees and some leaves that remain around, and also, it will help lift the turf blades a little bit to let a little air in there. The biggest thing I can suggest to you is to get your lawnmower out early and start mowing early. A lot of people wait until the grass is too tall, and then they have problems with it balling up and they take more than a third of the blade off. Go out, rake the debris off your lawn, and get your lawnmower out and start mowing early, as soon as it seems to need it.

Lastly, resist the temptation to fertilize your lawn, because the grass is just starting to grow and if you fertilize now, it's going to grow really quickly and you're just going to spend a lot of time mowing in the future. Also, if you fertilize now, a lot of that energy is going to go into blade production and not root production. You may end up in the long-run making a weak plant. That's my spring lawn care checklist.

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