Spring Lawn Care Preparations

By Todd Fratzel on Lawn Care

Spring Lawn Preparations

Green Lawn

As Spring approaches it’s a good time to talk about spring lawn preparations. Having a healthy attractive lawn doesn’t happen over night and it certainly doesn’t happen without a good deal of preparation.

In this article I’d like to go over some of the lawn care and maintenance information that I’ve written about in the past. Not all of these topics are related to spring lawn care, however, spring time is certainly a good time to come up with a year long lawn care program.

Soil Testing

Soil testing is very important if you want to manage your lawn care efficiently. Simple soil tests give you information about the acidity of your lawn along with mineral properties so you can properly fertilize. The soil test report will tell you what type of fertilizer is best for your lawn along with a fertilizing schedule. You can have your soil tested by taking soil samples to your local University Cooperative Extension Office.

Lawn Fertilizing

Fertilizing your lawn is an important step in maintaining a healthy lawn. Results from my soil tests gave me the exact information I needed to properly fertilize our lawn. I fertilize in the spring, mid-summer and fall in order to keep our lawn looking and growing well. It’s really important to follow the manufacturers instructions. I’ve found the information on the Scotts Grass Seed site to be very useful when learning about proper fertilizers.

Lawn Mowing

Mowing is one of those activities that I really enjoy. It’s a time for me to be outside and gather my thoughts. It’s really important to buy a good quality mower that’s properly sized for the yard you have. I recommend John Deere riding mowers and Lawn-Boy push mowers. I also recommend that you mow your lawn in a different pattern each time. This will keep your lawn looking great and your neighbor’s wondering if you work for a baseball team!

Lawn Aerating

Aerating your lawn is also an important lawn care project. Aerating helps oxygen and nutrients get into the soil deep enough to promote strong root growth. I’ve seen significant improvements in our lawns growth from aerating. Aerating is best done in the fall or spring prior to rapid grass growth. If you’re interested in learning more about lawn aerating then check out my lawn aerating tips.


Overseeding is another really important lawn care project that works best in spring and fall. All lawns need new seedlings in order to continue growing with a nice thick look. I’ve found that overseeding works best when combined with lawn aerating. Lawn overseeding after aerating is the easiest way I know how to get grass growing when a lawn already exists.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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  1. It’s very true that a healthy attractive lawn doesn’t happen overnight. In may cases it can take years to get your lawn looking the way that you want it to. I should know, I have been working on my lawn for a long time and although it looks good now it wasn’t always that way. It’s really a work in progress. The only thing that I would like to ad is just to make sure that it is well watered.

  2. Rick B says:

    Your lawn mowing tips page link is broken…and I’m very interested. :-) Need all the help I can get.

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