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Spring Into Action: Tips for Prepping Your Lawn

Lawn Care Tools

As spring blossoms in all its glory, it’s not just the flowers that come to life – it’s your lawn’s time to shine. With the lengthening days and rising temperatures, our outdoor spaces call us to step outside and embrace the season’s beauty. Before you relax on the grass, a crucial task is preparing your lawn to shine. Late April or early May is the perfect time for this prep work. Achieving that vibrant, lush green lawn requires early action. Timing is key, varying with your location and local weather conditions. Let the changing weather inspire you to start your spring lawn care routine at the most opportune moment.

Rake and Clean
To kickstart your early spring lawn care routine, begin by raking and tidying up. Before you even think about mowing, take the time to assess your lawn’s condition and clear away any accumulated debris over the winter months. Remove weeds, dead leaves, broken branches, dead plants, and any clutter on your lawn. By raking your lawn, you can prevent thatch buildup, which can cause harm to your lawn. This includes flower beds and garden areas, ensuring they’re tidy and ready for new growth. Clearing away this debris before the grass grows ensures that sunlight can reach your lawn, keeping the grass from growing properly and promoting healthy growth throughout the season. 

In lawn care, fertilizers are like helpful friends in keeping weeds away. They are crucial in keeping unwanted growth at bay while providing essential nutrients to help plants thrive. Plants develop strong, resilient roots with a well-fed lawn, making it harder for weeds to take hold. Choosing a premium fertilizer ensures your lawn nourishes properly throughout its growth cycle. Look for formulations tailored to the specific needs of your grass variety. However, applying fertilizer with precision is essential; overdoing it can harm your lawn, which is a common mistake to avoid. 


For a lush, healthy lawn, it’s crucial not to trim the grass too closely. Keeping those grass blades relatively long helps prevent stress-induced browning. Trim the lawn no more than one-third during a single session of lawn mowing. Aim to mow at the highest setting possible. Regularly sharpening the mower blade ensures a clean cut, promoting healthier grass. And consider mulching the clippings back into the lawn. This practice saves time and effort while enriching the soil with essential nutrients. Recycling the clippings returns valuable organic matter to the lawn, aiding in moisture retention and overall lawn health. 

When it comes to watering your lawn, it’s all about giving it the right amount of love and care. As the temperatures climb and your grass starts to thirst for more water, it’s essential to keep it hydrated to prevent it from turning into a brown, dry mess. But Mother Nature can throw some curveballs in the spring with her unpredictable weather. So, keeping a close eye on your lawn’s moisture levels is crucial. Instead of just giving it a light sprinkle whenever you think of it, aim to water it deeply and less frequently. This technique keeps your lawn lush and encourages those roots to dive deep and become real troopers. 


Overseeding offers a fantastic way to boost your lawn’s density and overall look. This technique involves spreading grass seed across your lawn, filling in any thin or bare spots, and strengthening its ability to fend off weeds, pests, and disease. In Ontario, the prime times for overseeding are spring from March to early May and late summer to early fall from the end of August into September. If your lawn has endured drought stress, insect or disease damage, or is displaying signs of decline like sparse grass, bare patches, or lack of colour, overseeding could be the perfect solution. By incorporating newer, improved types of turfgrass, you can effectively thicken your lawn and enhance its overall health and appearance. These modern turfgrass varieties are specially engineered better to withstand drought, diseases, and damaging insects, ensuring a lush and resilient lawn. 


When to Aerate Your Lawn 
Lawn aeration is crucial for puncturing the soil, facilitating the passage of air, water, and nutrients to the grassroots, fostering robust growth. Timing is vital; early spring aeration can encourage weed germination. Ideally, aeration should occur in the fall. However, opt for late spring aeration in spring when weeds have taken root but are not yet seeded, making it easier to manage them. Late spring also addresses heavily compacted soil, facilitating grass growth. 

Aerate Machine

No Mow May – In the Know
Embracing No Mow May is like giving your lawn a break and inviting nature to thrive. It’s a movement that encourages homeowners to set aside their mowers for the month, letting the grass grow wild and allowing beautiful wildflowers to bloom. Originating from the United Kingdom, this idea has caught on in the West for good reason. Letting the grass grow creates vital habitats and food sources for bees and other pollinators. However, since we’re also aiming for lush grass growth, it’s essential to recognize that regular mowing is still necessary. Finding the balance between promoting biodiversity and maintaining a healthy lawn can involve adding flower beds or potted plants to your garden while ensuring your grass gets the care it needs. 

Timing is everything, so start now, and soon your lawn will be the envy of the neighbourhood. With each passing day, you’ll see the results of your efforts as you revel in a lush, green oasis just outside your door.