Preparing Your Florida Lawn For Spring

As the temperatures begin to rise and spring is in the air, it is time to start thinking about sprucing up your Florida landscape. Spring is the perfect time of year to give your yard some much-needed TLC and get it ready for the summer months ahead. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your spring cleaning project.

Start With Pruning

The first step in preparing your Florida landscape for spring is pruning any overgrown trees or shrubs. Pruning will help control the size and shape of plants, as well as encourage new growth. Make sure to use sharp pruners and follow proper pruning techniques – cutting too much can cause damage to your plants. It’s also important to note that certain plants should not be pruned during certain times of the year. Research which plants can be pruned when before getting started so you don’t accidentally cause any damage.

Raking Leaves 

Another important task that needs to be done during spring cleaning is raking leaves. Raking leaves will help keep your lawn looking neat and tidy, as well as remove any debris that may have been left behind from winter storms. Be sure to rake up all of the leaves before mowing the lawn so that they don’t get stuck in the blades of the mower or create clumps on the grass that can leave brown patches on your lawn. 


Once all the leaves have been removed from your lawn, it’s time to start mowing! Mowing regularly will help keep your grass looking its best by removing dead blades and allowing new growth to come through. Make sure you set your mower height correctly; if you cut too short you could damage the grass, while if you cut too high you won’t get a good even cut. Aim for a height between two and three inches for most types of grasses in Florida.  

Add Mulch

Adding mulch around trees, shrubs, and flower beds can make a huge difference in the appearance of your landscape. Not only does it add color, texture, and depth; but it also helps retain moisture and suppress weed growth. Make sure you choose an appropriate type of mulch for your specific needs – there are various options available from organic materials like pine straw or bark chips to synthetic materials like rubber mulch or stones.

Aerate Your Lawn

Another important step when prepping for spring is aerating your lawn. Aeration allows air, water, and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the soil which promotes healthy growth at the grassroots. You can rent an aeration machine from most home improvement stores or hire a professional landscaper if you don’t want to tackle this task yourself. Aerating can be done at any time during the growing season but early spring is ideal since it gives grass plenty of time to recover before summer arrives.

Now that you know how easy it is to prepare your Florida lawn for springtime with these simple steps, all that’s left is putting them into action! Our local professionals at Skinner Lawns are dedicated to providing reliable and professional service that will give your outdoor area lasting value. Experience quality care at an affordable price, for more information call 904-720-2515.