How to Prepare Your Yard for Spring

How to Prepare Your Yard for Spring

February 7, 2022  |  Prepping, Seasonal, Yard
Front lawn, mowed with flowers and plants

As winter weather starts to warm, lawn care should be creeping into the back of your mind.  

If you want a lush, vibrant lawn come spring, then you must start preparing your lawn in winter.  

While it is true that grass is dormant in cold weather, it can still be killed or damaged by improper yard care in winter.  

In this post, we will give you some tips for maintaining your yard in winter and making sure it looks its best-come spring. 

Healthy Practices for a Healthy Lawn 

Everyone wants the greenest, most luscious lawn come spring, but very few know how to maintain their lawn in the winter, so their blades of grass are thriving and healthy when the snow melts.  

Follow these tips to help make sure your lawn is as healthy as can be by spring.  

  1. Keep your lawn clear of debris in the winter. 

    Leaves, gardening tools, toys, and more. They can all easily be left outside over winter. By the time a blanket of snow buries them, you can forget about them until spring.  

    Objects that are allowed to rest on your grass all winter long will leave behind dead, yellow patches of grass that you will need to replant.  

    Save yourself the headache. Make sure all objects and debris are removed from your lawn before winter’s first snow.  

  1. Protect your yard when the snow melts.  

    Keep your driveway and walkways clear of snow so people will not walk on your grass. Trampling grass in the early stage of spring will make it hard for the blades to recover quickly.  

    Also, make sure you break up any large piles of snow when the ice starts to melt. Large deposits of water can flood your lawn, killing your grass in the process.  

  1. Groom your grass. 

    Once your snow has melted, take a rake and gently perk up your grass. Clear away any leaves or dead patches of grass so your blades have maximum room for growth.  

    Make sure the ground is dry and firm before you rake your yard. Otherwise, you will fling mud all over your lawn.  

  1. Aerate and overseed.  

    In some climates, aeration and overseeding should be done in the fall to ensure the grass is ready for early spring.  

    However, in most places, you should aerate and overseed in late winter.  

    Aeration will remove small chunks of soil from the ground to ensure that the earth is loose and accessible to air. Aeration will ensure that your grass has room to grow and plenty of nutrients are available. 

    Likewise, overseeding will ensure you have a thick, healthy lawn. Cover up any sparse areas that lack grass and your lawn will look all the better.  

  1. Use fertilizer when growth starts.  

    As soon as the weather warms and the grass begins to grow, use fertilizer to give it a head start.  

    Find out what kind of fertilizer is best for your yard and use an appropriate dose to ensure your yard will be lush all of spring and summer.  

Take Pride in Your Lawn 

A well-maintained, healthy lawn is key for a beautiful home.  

As the winter weather warms, make sure that you have done your winter lawn maintenance. Small steps taken in the winter can have a big impact on your lawn’s summer health.  

Don’t put all the work on your shoulders. When it’s time to make the big changes to your yard, reach out to Outdoor Experts. We are Cincinnati’s premier outdoor expert team. We make our living by turning a healthy yard into a personalized paradise.