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Spring Yard Cleanup Checklist

March 27, 2024
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Spring Yard Cleanup Checklist

We all want a beautifully manicured lawn. With spring finally here, now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your yard back into shape. To help you accomplish this task, Aspen's Property Care team has put together this comprehensive guide to annual spring cleanup.

What Is Spring Yard Cleanup?

Spring Cleanup: How to Spruce Up Your Lawn

Step 1: Rake

Thatch buildup occurs when a layer of dead grass and other organic materials accumulates on top of the soil, forming a barrier that prevents air, water, and nutrients from reaching your lawn’s root system. As a result, you may encounter poor growth, disease, and even pest infestations. Raking in the spring helps solve this issue by removing the layer of thatch buildup.

To get started

  • Use a rake to gently remove any excess thatch buildup on top of the soil. 
  • Be careful not to rake too deeply, as this can damage the roots. 
  • Once you have raked the entire lawn, you can dispose of the debris in a compost pile or yard waste bag.

Step 2: Aerate Your Soil

Aerating is the process of perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate your grass’ root system. Doing so helps alleviates soil compaction, which can occur due to heavy foot traffic, mowing, or leaving heavy objects or machinery on your lawn. When soil becomes compacted, it creates poor drainage and nutrient deficiency, negatively affecting lawn health.

How it works

There are a few different methods for aerating your lawn, including using a manual aerator, a gas-powered aerator, or a lawn aerator attachment for your mower. The best method for you will depend on the size of your lawn and your personal preferences.

Step 3: Fertilize Your Lawn

Fertilizing promotes healthy growth and helps your grass recover from the winter months. Choose a high-quality fertilizer with the correct combination of nutrients your grass needs to thrive and apply it evenly across your lawn. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully, as over-fertilizing can damage your grass.

Step 4: Overseed Bare Patches

Overseeding involves adding grass seed to your lawn to improve its density. We recommend overseeding your lawn in the fall or spring when the soil is warm and moist. This helps the grass seed germinate quickly and establish a healthy root system before the hot summer or cold winter months.

If you overseed your lawn in the fall, doing it again in the spring may not be necessary. Generally, overseeding once a year is sufficient. However, if your lawn still has thinning or patchy areas in the spring, you might consider overseeding again to fill in those gaps and promote a more uniform appearance. 

Remember that overseeding too frequently or too heavily can do more harm than good. It can lead to resource competition and overcrowding, weakening your grass and making it more susceptible to disease and pests.

Step 5: Water Your Lawn

It’s been a very dry winter, so watering your lawn will be incredibly important this spring and summer. After fertilizing and overseeding, you’ll need to water your lawn deeply and frequently until it becomes green and healthy again.

We recommend watering in the early morning or late afternoon to minimize water loss through evaporation.

Consider Irrigation

An irrigation system can ensure that your lawn gets the right amount of water at the right time of day. This can save you time and effort and reduce water waste by delivering H20 directly to your lawn's roots.

What If I Need Yard Cleanup Near Me?

Gardener picking up lawn debris

Whether you need help with spring yard cleanup or weekly lawn maintenance and care, we have the perfect solution that fits your goals, budget, and needs!


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