How to Care for Your Lawn in the Spring


A lush, green lawn can be a standard feature or an excellent addition to any home. It adds curb appeal and makes your home seem more inviting. The type of grass that is grown usually depends on where you live, but they generally all require the same amount of care. The objective for spring lawn care is to make sure your lawn can survive the hot summer months. Grass is generally easy to take care of and can grow successfully with proper attention.

Step 1

Mow your grass when it reaches a height of 3 to 4 inches. Grass should be cut to 2 to 2.5 inches tall. Mower blades should be kept sharp to prevent damage to the grass. Your lawn should never be cut when it is wet, which can encourage and spread disease.

Step 2

Apply fertilizer to your lawn early in the spring. Use a good all-purpose 20-20-10 fertilizer. Apply 1/4 pound of fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet of soil. A seeder works well and can be purchased at any home improvement store. You can also use a wheelbarrow with a shovel to evenly spread the fertilizer on the lawn.

Step 3

Control weeds on your lawn so that it will remain healthy. Use a liquid, spray herbicide that is specifically for lawns. Spray a few sprays directly on the weeds for best results. Follow the directions carefully on the bottle of the weed killer that you are using to make sure you are using the correct amount.

Step 4

Re-seed in areas that are patchy or bare. Keeping your lawn thick will help prevent weeds and keep your lawn healthier. Seed your lawn at a rate of 1 pound of seed for every 1,000 square feet of lawn.

Step 5

Remove 1/2 inch of thatch at least once a year. This will prevent stress on the roots of the grass and will keep the lawn aerated. A vertical rake, power mower or de-thatcher can be used to de-thatch your lawn. All of these can be purchased at your local home improvement store.

Step 6

Water your spring grass daily. Apply 1 to 2 inches of water daily to ensure a deep root system.

Step 7

Apply sod to large patches that will not grow. Use a shovel to clear any remaining grass in the spot. Cut the sod to fit and place in onto the bare spot. Water the sod with 2 inches of water daily.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • Fertilizer
  • Herbicide
  • De-thatcher
  • Sod
  • Grass seed


  • University of Illinois Extension: Spring Lawn Care
Keywords: lawn care, spring lawn care, lawn care basics

About this Author

Melanie Hammontree is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists and has been writing since 2004. Works include publications with "Hall County Crime Examiner," "Player's Press" and "The Gainesville Times." Hammontree has a Master of Business and is working on a Master of Journalism from the University of Tennessee.