It’s that time of year again. The threat of snow no longer looms. The temperatures are beginning to rise. And, the robins are leaving their winter shelters in search of places to nest. As the outside world springs back to life, it’s important to start preparing your lawn and garden. Here are some handy spring yard prep tips to help.

Start with Spring Cleaning

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Over the long winter months, blustery winds have likely shaken a few branches and twigs into your yard. Thus, the first of our yard prep tips involves cleanup. Air blowers work best as they can loosen debris without harming shallow grass roots or removing too much thatch. Ultimately, this will boost the health and resilience of your lawn in small quantities. If you choose to rake, just be sure that you’re gentle. You don’t want to hurt your grass before it’s even had a chance to grow.

Prep Your Garden Soil

Is a garden in the works for this summer? Now’s the time to prepare the soil for planting. Just like with your lawn, you’ll want to use a rake to clear out weeds, twigs, and leaves. Then, using a pitchfork, turn the soil over. A few weeks before planting, mix nutrient-rich compost or manure into the soil. This gives it time to meld.

Start Mowing

As your grass reanimates, support year-long growth by mowing early and often. One mistake homeowners make is letting too much time pass between cuttings. Doing so can stunt the roots. That’s no good if you’re hoping for a thick, lush lawn. Instead, mow once every five days to keep your lawn healthy and green.

Prep Your Lawn

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After removing leaves, branches and other debris, it’s time to treat your lawn to promote growth and help prevent crabgrass. Some brands, like Scotts 4 Step Program, which shows you exactly how and when to feed for a better spring. Continue reading for a quick breakdown of the 4 Steps:

  • Step 1– Crab Grass Preventer Plus Lawn Food- Apply on or before Easter when temperatures are still cool. This will prevent crabgrass before it can germinate and greens up a winter-weary lawn, too.
  • Step 2– Weed Control Plus Lawn Food- Apply near Memorial Day, but be sure to wait 4-6 weeks after applying Step 1. It kills broadleaf weeds while feeding and nourishing the lawn for thick, green turf.
  • Step 3– Lawn Food with Iron- Apply near Independence Day. It feeds and strengthens the lawn against heat and drought.
  • Step 4- Fall Lawn Food- Apply from Labor Day until mid-October. It greens up the lawn now and helps strengthen and protect it for a better lawn next spring.

As springtime begins, get your lawn and garden ready with these yard prep tips. But, before you get started, make sure you have the right equipment and products with a visit to Cape Ace Hardware. Check out our Red Hot Buys for spring to find great prices on the lawn care tools you need. We sell Toro and Craftsman lawnmowers, as well as Scotts Turf Builder products, gardening tools and much more.