4 Spring Lawn Care Tips for a Healthy Lawn

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4 Spring Lawn Care Tips for a Healthy Lawn

If you want your lawn to be the healthiest and greenest lawn in the neighborhood this year, you must
pay extra attention to it this spring.  After a Minnesota winter, your lawn is full of dead grass and debris
that has built up, frozen, and melted deep down into the soil of your lawn.  These 4 spring lawn care tips
will clear the dead grass and debris from your lawn and provide it with the nutrients it needs to grow
healthy, strong, and green throughout the year.

Spring Clean-Up

Spring clean-up for your lawn refers to removing the loose debris such as leaves and garbage from
around the home, bushes, and shrubs that has been blowing around since the snow started falling. 
Debris left on your lawn early in spring can smother the grass and begin to breakdown damaging the
roots of your lawn and promotes weeds to grow.  We recommend using high powered gas back pack
blowers that are designed to blow out loose debris and debris that has begun to breakdown into your


Dethatching is the process of raking your lawn to remove grass that has died or grass with bad roots
from the lawn.  Removing the dead thatch and damaged grass from your lawn promotes the growth of
healthy grass by allowing it to absorb more nutrients.  Whether you use a hand rake the thatch, or an
Dethatcher rake attachment on your lawn mower, or a professional service, dethatching is one of the
most important steps you can take to promote a healthy lawn for years to come.

Pre-Emergent Fertilizer with Defendor® Specialty Herbicide

Pre-emergent fertilizer in the spring is crucial to deterring weeds from growing in your lawn.  As we all
know, spring is when everything from flowers, fruits, vegetable, grass, and weeds begin to grow in
Minnesota.  Pre-emergent fertilizer is a chemical treatment that will stop weeds before they start
growing while promoting a healthy lawn. Here is a list of just some of the weeds Controlled:
 Crabgrass (preemergence and early postemergence)
 Goosegrass
 Poa annua
 Chickweed
 Henbit
 Spurge
 Dandelion
 Clover (hop, red and white)
 Carolina geranium
 Catchweed (bedstraw)
 Chickweed (common and mouse-ear)
 Dollarweed
 Fleabane
 Common groundsel
 Knotweed
 Black medic
 Wild mustard
 Shepherd's-purse
 Spotted catsear

Lawn Mowing

The first time you mow your lawn for the year is the most important cut of the year.  The first cut of the
year should be done about 2 weeks has sprouted. With the cool season Grasses of Minnesota lawns
should be cut by no more than a third to roughly 2.5” to 4” inches at most (our crews cut at 2.75” to 3.5”
depending on the grass type and the temperature) Additionally, you will want to keep your lawn mower
blades razor sharp to ensure a clean cut so the ends of the grass don’t split and turn brown.  Home
owners should sharpen blades about 3 times per season.
Cool Season Grasses of Minnesota
Kentucky Bluegrass                : 2.5 to 3 inches (60-75 mm)
Perennial Ryegrass                : 2.5 to 3 inches(60-75mm)
Tall Fescue                             : 2.5 to 4 inches (60-100 mm)
Warm Season Grasses of Southern State
Common bermuda                  : 0.75 to 1.25 inches ( 20-
Hybrid bermuda                      : 0.5 to 1.0 inches (12-25 mm)
St. Augustine                          : 2.0 to 4 inches ( 50-100 mm)
Zoysiagrass                            : 1 to 2.5 inches (25-60 mm)
Centipede grass                     : 1.0 to 2.0 inches ( 25-50 mm)
Following these four tips are sure to help your lawn grow green and healthy.  Keeping up with regular
maintenance or your lawn will also make your neighbors envy your lawn and seek your advice to help
turn their lawn around.

2 thoughts on “4 Spring Lawn Care Tips for a Healthy Lawn

  1. I had no idea that different kinds of grass thrive at different lengths. I’ve been trying to figure out what’s going to be best for my yard, and besides spraying like I normally do, I haven’t been sure what to do. I guess I’ll have to try and figure out what kind of grass I have so I can take care of it the best way possible. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I like that you talked about spring clean up. It does seem like it would be smart to clean up all the leaves and dead branches in your yard. I kind of hate doing yard work like that and it would probably be best to have a professional do that for me.

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