Proper lawn care involves caring for the lawn year-round because grass has needs throughout each of the four seasons. When winter finally lets go of its stronghold and spring begins to show signs of approaching, a lawn requires special care to prepare it for the upcoming growing season. Springtime lawn care is an important way to ensure your lawn's lasting health and vibrancy.
Thatch the lawn with a garden rake in the early spring to remove dead grass and aerate the soil. As you thatch the lawn with the rake, assess your lawn to find any trouble spots that need extra attention. Look for spots that need filling in and areas with weeds that need control.
Rake bare spots to loosen the soil if the spots are large. If the spots are small, use a hand rake to loosen the soil in bare spots. Add a thin layer of topsoil to the bare spot and spread the topsoil out evenly. Sprinkle a generous amount of grass seed over the prepared areas to cover the entire area with grass seed. Water the grass seed and cover it with a layer of straw to keep it moist while the grass seed germinates.
Keep the newly seeded bare spots evenly moist by watering twice each day until the grass seeds sprout.
Apply granular weed killer to the areas of the lawn with weeds growing. Pour the weed killer into the broadcast spreader and apply the weed killer to the lawn following package recommendations for amounts for the size of your lawn. Avoid the newly seeded areas when you are applying weed killer. You may reapply weed killer approximately one month later to further control weeds.
Begin mowing the lawn once it starts actively growing. Set the lawnmower blade to a 1.25 to 1.5-inch height and mow the lawn approximately twice per month.