Prepping Your Lawn for the Spring

Spring has almost sprung and we are excited to get back into doing what we do best in warmer weather! Today we at Skinner Lawn Services are compiling a list of how to prepare your lawn for the Spring. Whether you regularly hire a landscaping company or prefer to do your lawn yourself, we’ve got tips to help your lawn flourish this season.

Trim Trees

Unsightly tree branches? It’s best to give those trees a good trim at the start of Spring to prevent fallen branches and debris over your lawn. A bit of extra hard work here will pay off when Spring showers hit and cause more debris-fall in your yard.


It’s time to bring out that rake and get to it! Beginning the Spring with general maintenance lays the groundwork for the rest of the season. We recommend doing an intense rake to get Winter debris and weeds out of the way, pulling weeds from along curbs, trimming bushes and other plants, and assessing your property overall. This will be a beneficial time to create some goals for the remainder of the season so you can accomplish your dream lawn and if you need help with this, that’s exactly what we’re here for!

Aerate if Necessary

Aerating your lawn can help relieve soil compaction — the experience you have when grass within the soil grows thin, slowly, or not at all, causing frustration to you. Aeration allows your grass to grow deeper roots and make better use of water and fertilizer. If you opt to aerate your lawn and have noticed growing issues, you will want to do so in the grass’s peak growing period so that your lawn can recover as quickly as possible and resume growing the way it should.

*TIP: Aerating tools can be rented at your local hardware store.

Apply Fertilizer, Pre-Emergent, and Weed Killer

In order to have the fullest-looking lawn possible, you will want to use a combination of fertilizers, pre-emergents, and weed killers to get the job done right. Fertilizers are what help your grass grow and “feed” it in addition to soil, water, and plenty of sun! Fertilizer should be placed early in the Spring (after cleaning and aeration if you opt for this) for maximum growth. Pre-emergent is an herbicide that is used to prevent crabgrass, which while not inherently bad for your lawn, many people dislike the look of it. Weedkiller is also beneficial for your lawn and is exactly what it sounds like. This is the ingredient that will prevent nasty and unwanted weeds

from popping up on your beautiful lawn. The combination of all three of these products is the goal to make your lawn look luscious and beautiful all Spring and Summer long.

Tune-Up Your Lawnmower

Now that you know the prep work that should be done in order to obtain a luscious lawn, it’s important to ensure you have the tools on hand to maintain it, such as that of a good quality lawn mower that has been tuned up. The three main components involved in a mower tune-up are the air filter, spark plug, and oil, all of which must be changed. For guidance as to how to perform a successful lawnmower tune-up, check out this helpful video.

All in all, we at Skinner Lawn Services are excited to take care of our customers the way we know best. If you are looking for a reliable landscaper that is passionate about making the Jacksonville community beautiful and perfecting your lawn as if it were our own, we’re the landscaper for you! When you sign up with us, you’ll work with local professionals dedicated to your landscape’s enduring beauty and value. Each visit, we’ll provide you with professional and reliable lawn care at a fair price. For more information, call 904-720-2515.

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