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How to Prep Your Lawn for Spring

Lawn & Garden

They’re the words every homeowner loves to hear: “How do you get your lawn so green?”

The pros know a lush lawn starts before the weather warms up. But you don’t have to be a pro to get that green. Follow our easy steps to prep your lawn now for beautiful results later.

Step 1

Rake up dead grass, leaves and branches. Spending a little time cleaning up dead foliage will help expose fresh, green grass beneath the surface. Make sure to rake out rock landscaping and shrubs, too.

Step 2

Take your mower for a spin. Not only will it clean up your yard; it gives you a chance to tune up your mower early in the season. Cut the grass a notch or two lower than you normally would to help clear dead debris and expose young grass, then raise it back up for mowing later.

Step 3

If you have a dog, follow this simple formula to fix those pesky pet spots:

  • Dilute the area with water to remove remaining waste.
  • Remove any dead grass and loosen the soil a bit.
  • Mix some grass seed with topsoil and apply. We recommend Scott’s EZ Seed for Pets.
  • Keep the area moist.

Step 4

Finally, spread crabgrass preventer over the entire lawn before weeds have a chance to appear.

Throughout the spring and summer, you’ll want to fertilize about four times per year, six weeks apart. If you can’t fertilize that often, remember: spring and fall are the most important times to apply.

Here’s a quick shopping list to make sure you have what you need:

  • Rake
  • Grass seed for pet spots (we recommend Scott’s EZ Seed for Pets)
  • Crabgrass preventer (we recommend Scott’s Turf Builder with Halts Crabgrass Preventer)
  • Fertilizer

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