Helpful tips for spring lawn and tree maintenance

Even though it’s still a bit chilly outside, the time to start thinking about lawn and tree care is now. A healthy summer lawn starts with important spring maintenance. Follow these tips to keep your lawn and trees in the best condition this spring.

 For your lawn:

  • Consider fertilizing soon and applying pre-emergent herbicide to control dandelions and
    crabgrass. (Don’t worry if you have lilacs: you can still apply crabgrass control when lilacs are in bloom.)
  • Don’t rake your lawn too early! Make sure the frost is out and the ground is firm, not muddy.
  • Apply black dirt or compost into bare spots in your lawn. You can then apply grass seed into that.
  • Setting your mower to a very low height can increase weeds by exposing soil surface to sunlight. Cool weather grasses should maintain a height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches and warm season grasses should be kept at a height of 1.5 to 2.5 inches.


For your trees:redbud clump

  • Finish pruning by mid-April. Contact us for a quote!
  • Plant trees any time after the frost is out of the ground.
  • Plant the right tree in the right spot. Look at the growing conditions in your yard, for example the amount of shade, amount of sun, how dry or how wet it is.
  • Inspect your ash trees for woodpecker damage and call your local forester to inspect your tree for the potential of Emerald ash borer.
  • For mulching:
    • Add mulch to the base of the trees, especially those that are five inches or less in diameter.
    • Shape the mulch into a dish with an inch of mulch at the base out to five inches at the edge of the mulch ring.


To learn more about tree and lawn care, visit our helpful resources page or contact our Landscape Services division.

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About the Author
Christine is the Communications Specialist at Tree Trust. She has been with the organization since June, 2013.

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