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Early Spring Lawn Care Tips (2024)

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Written By: Mark Marino

a Massachusetts Core Applicator License holder and owner/operator of Lawn Phix,

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There comes a point in every lawn care addict’s life when spring can’t come soon enough. After “springing ahead” an extra hour, the days are longer and the extra sunshine gives us all the extra itch to get outside and work on our cool-season lawns. 

I’ve created a simple step-by-step plan of things to do in early spring to get a beautiful lawn this year. This is a condensed version of my April Lawn Care Schedule

Measure Your Lawn

If you haven’t done so already, you need to know how many total square feet your lawn actually is. You can do this manually with a walking measuring tape . Or simply do it online with our new lawn size calculator.

Knowing the square footage of each zone of your property is crucial. Applying too much or too little will make a big difference in the health and appearance of your lawn.

Soil Test

Before you start throwing down spring fertilizers and soil amendments on your lawn, you need to know what your soil needs. Since there’s some downtime before we apply pre-emergents to control crabgrass, it’s a perfect time to get your soil tested.

Lawn Mower Prep

Be sure to start your lawnmower for a few minutes before draining the oil (if you haven’t done this before putting your mower to bed for the winter). Change the oil, spark plug, and air filter. If you have a ride-on mower or zero-turn, you will want to also change your oil filter and gas filter.

Make sure your blades are sharp and ready to go. I always recommend Oregon Gator G3 mulching blades. They are an absolute game changer and very affordable. I suggest buying a backup blade as well. You never know when you may bottom out or hit a rock. I have three for my Toro 22″ Recycler.

Lawn Clean Up

If you missed your window last winter, now is the perfect time to clean up your lawn in preparation for the growing season. When weather permits, get out there and pick up sticks, blow away leftover leaves, and clean up all other debris that mother nature dropped in your lawn over winter.

Once it really starts to warm up (late March, early April in Massachusetts, for example) you can begin to rake the lawn. Be sure the ground is not wet or frozen. Lightly raking the lawn will help increase airflow throughout the grass, help lift up matted turf that was compacted by ice and snow, and to allow for more sunlight to penetrate the soil.

Crabgrass and Weed Control

Check out Greencast tool to get current and historical soil temps in your area. Also be sure to use an inexpensive digital, instant-read thermometer to get the most accurate read of your lawn.

Buy your crabgrass pre-emergents now! Don’t wait until they’re sold out. At the time of writing this post, DoMyOwn still has a 10% sale on all pre-emergents. The two I recommend are below:

While you’re out there, think about getting some fungicides. We had a very wet spring last year and many people saw the effects of brown patch and other funguses and diseases. 

Consider buying some grub control now, too, for late spring application.

Finally, take inventory of what else you have and what you need. Examples include hoses, sprinklers, weed trimmers, and other lawn fertilizers. Check out some early season sales.

I hope this early spring care guide was helpful! Please let me know by commenting below! Thanks for reading and sharing.

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Author: Mark Marino
My name is Mark Marino, and I am the founder, owner, and operator of Lawn Phix. With a passion for lawn care and turf nutrition for over a decade, I've dedicated countless hours to correcting soil and perfecting lawns. Today, my expertise, backed by formal courses at UMass Extension Pesticide Education, allows me to offer top-tier lawn care services and advice. I am a fully licensed and insured lawn care applicator in Massachusetts, specializing in comprehensive turf nutrition, weed control, and lawn pest control. My license number is AL-0053865. Contact me at [email protected] or +1 (508) 500-8402.

4 thoughts on “Early Spring Lawn Care Tips (2024)”

  1. Awesome content as always, Mark!
    Thanks for the reminder to buy my pre-emergent early. I’ll be making the trip to SiteOne during my lunch break (5 mins down the road from my work) this week as Lesco 0-0-7 sells out fast.


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