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Spring Lawn Prep Checklist

Green grass comes to mind when you think about the early signs of spring, but it’s important to help your lawn get a good start when the growing season begins. Spending time up front will set you up for success throughout the season and make you envy of your neighborhood. We narrowed this lawn prep checklist to the basic priorities, so it can be done in a single weekend!

Here are some tips for early spring lawn prep:

  • Prep your mower and other outdoor power equipment like trimmers, blowers and chainsaws. Do a tune up, remove any caked-on grass or mud, sharpen your mower’s blade.

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  • Clean up fallen branches, twigs, pinecones and any other debris winter left on your lawn.
  • Rake out dead grass and broken down leaves. This makes excellent material for your compost bin if you have one.
  • Test your soil to determine if you need to add lime or gypsum for the optimal pH level.

  • Repair bare spots with Scotts EZ Seed. Add Scotts Starter Food for New Grass and then cover with a thick layer of soil and straw to prevent it from drying out or washing away.
  • Apply weed control and fertilizer. If you’re in the northern regions, spreading Scotts Turf Builder Halts Crabgrass Preventer with Lawn Food when temperatures are 55 to 60 degrees is ideal. In other regions, feed your lawn with Turf Builder Sun N Shade.


  • Edge your garden beds since the soil is soft in early spring.
  • Apply mulch in your garden beds and around your trees once the soil had warmed, helping to prevent weed growth.

With these steps, not only will your yard look great this spring, but you’ll enjoy some fresh spring air and exercise by fertilizing and mowing your lawn and even save some money by doing your own lawn maintenance. Welcome spring!


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