Getting a jump on lawn care early in the year can mean a lush, thick lawn throughout the warm months. Winter is hard on grass, but it’s such a resilient species that it can bounce back strongly with some attention. To make your grass look the best it ever has, think about fertilizing and filling in rough spots. If you’re unsure about what you should be doing to make your lawn look its best for this spring, this article can give you some valuable tips.

Rake the Grass and Remove Debris

After the snow thaws, start out by removing leaves, branches, and any trash that might have lay hidden during the winter months. This will make your yard look better and get you ready to rake. Raking the grass first thing has a number of benefits. It gets the air flowing under the turf, which begins to stimulate growth. It also disperses snow mold and any diseases. Raking is the stimulation that starts the spring period of regeneration. You will also pull up dead grass, which will make the color and texture more uniform.

Fertilize to Improve Growth

Fertilizing your lawn early will jump start its development. Fertilizing in the spring can be done if you have the tools or you can save yourself the hassle by hiring a professional to do it for you. Fertilizing will make your lawn thicker and a brighter shade of green. Fertilizing products have nitrogen and other important nutrients that plants need to continually grow. There are different products, so do some research about the ones that work well in your area and for your type of lawn.

Put Seed on Damaged Portions

Often, snow plows or shoveling can tear up the edges of front lawns. The spring is the best time to start filling in rough patches because you will have enough time before the summer for it to grow. First, identify the sections of your lawn that have been damaged. Get seed that is the same species as the lawn you already have. Different types of grass look and feel distinct, so it’s important to get the same type. Look to your local nursery or lawn service professionals like us to give you information.

If you are using an anti-crabgrass product, it will prevent the grass seed from germinating as well. We as lawn care experts advise that you hold off on anti-crabgrass as long as possible and plant your grass seed early. After the grass germinates, you can then apply the crabgrass product.