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A Season-by Season Guide to Lawn Care

Lawn maintenance is a year-round task and each season requires its own share of chores. In this infographic, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks from lawn care professionals on how to maintain your lawn during each season. Happy planting!

Spring

Spring is the ideal season to plant flowers and other plants and redo your lawn.

Before you start: Make sure the freeze and thaw cycle of winter hasn’t pushed plants out of the ground. If so, just push them down or add topsoil.

Spring lawn care chore list:

  • Rake all debris and leaves leftover from the previous fall or winter
  • Tune up your lawn mower
  • Set your mower blade to 3 inches for the first mow, then 3.5 inches for the rest
  • Do a soil test before planting new beds
  • Start your fertilizing cycle and lay down a pre-emergent
  • Plant flowers, vegetables, trees or shrubs
  • Add 2 to 3 inches of mulch around your plants to keep weeds at bay
  • Water your plants as needed
  • Restart your fertilizing and pre-emergent combo about 60 days after initial application
  • Mow your lawn as needed

Optional:

  • Lay down sod or grass seed, if necessary
  • Refill your gas can
  • Add mulch to flower beds

Summer

Summer is a dry season, so it’s important to keep up to date with watering to keep your grass and plants well-nourished.

Summer lawn care chore list:

  • Continue your 6 to 8 week fertilizer/pre-emergent cycle
  • Mow your lawn as needed
  • Water your grass and plants with about 1.5 inches of water per week
  • Remove or kill weeds as needed
  • Tackle large enhancement projects, like decks or patios
  • Check lawn and trees for poison ivy
  • To prevent mosquitoes from breeding, check flower pot saucers for standing water
  • Monitor your lawn for dead spots, pests and drought conditions

Fall

Fall is one of the most ideal times to plant plants and prep your lawn for next spring.

Fall lawn care chore list:

  • Aerate your lawn
  • Mow to 3 inches on a semi-regular basis
  • Remove weeds or use broadleaf herbicide to treat for weeds
  • Fertilize twice: at the beginning and end of fall
  • Plant flower bulbs to establish a strong rooting before winter (late fall)
  • Plant trees (the best time!)
  • Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around your plants
  • Water newly planted trees and bulbs with 1.5 inches of water every week
  • Transplant shrubs and plants if desired

Optional:

  • Lay down grass seed in damaged places

Winter

Just because it’s cold, it doesn’t mean you can ignore your lawn! Winter is the perfect time to plan and maintain certain parts of your lawn.

Winter lawn care chore list:

  • Prune, trim, or remove trees
  • Plan your garden or landscape
  • Decide whether you want to hire a landscaper this year
  • If you do want to hire a landscaper, meet with them to go over options

Pro Lawn Care Tips:

  • Plant in the appropriate places so plants don’t outgrow the space or die from too much sun or shade.
  • If you’re planning to hire a landscaper, call in the winter or early spring to secure your spot.
  • Use pre-emergents to prevent weeds from growing (unless you are planning to lay grass seed).
  • Fertilize your lawn every 6 to 8 weeks to give the lawn nutrients over time, starting in March or April.
  • Decide whether to lay down grass seed in the spring or fall. Fertilizer can be used with grass seed, but pre-emergent cannot.
  • If you’re thinking about laying down sod, decide before spring. That’s the best time!

Whether you’re considering hiring a landscaper or doing it yourself, it’s important to have all of the facts and helpful advice in order to make a decision. Follow these season-by-season lawn care tips to keep your lawn beautiful, lush, and green.


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