Friday, December 01, 2006

Lawn Tasks - March to May!




Usually in March, the rain will begin and continue until May or June. If you live in a region that experiences a lot of rain, this may not seem much different from how it normally is.

Use the rain to your advantage. It will cause the ground to soften, which means you can begin your spring lawn care regimen. During the month of March, you can aerate your soil, add nutrients, and remove that awful thatch.

If you have drainage problems, now is the time to take action.

Tasks that should be completed in March include:

Aerating soil

Removing thatch

Seeding the lawn

Creating a drainage system

Cleaning out existing drainage system

Checking out trees, plants, and shrubs

Planting in late March for some plants and flowers

Stocking up on lawn care supplies for upcoming season

During the month of March, you may become frustrated because of the limited amount of time you will have to spend in your yard due to the rain.

But many of these tasks can be completed in a day or two. Try to get out there when you can so that you do not fall behind and miss the beginning of the new growing season.

If you want, you can buy your plants early or choose which flowers you will want to plant. This will also help you stay on schedule.

March can be a strange month. While you should expect a lot of rain, you will also see sunshine. Although it will still be cold, you can get a lot of work accomplished if you budget your time correctly.


April will being the new planting season. You should be thinking about which plants and flowers you want to add to your lawn as well as which flowers and plants will be blooming soon.

While there will still be rain, you should be prepping your soil and getting ready for your war with the weeds.

In April, you should complete the following tasks:

Soil Solarization


Prepare or buy mulch



Check flower beds to see if flowers are still healthy

Fertilizing the lawn and soil for plants and flowers

Make sure trees are healthy

Plant seedlings (follow directions carefully after purchasing them)

Inspect lawn for insect nests and other issues

Look for new weeds and pull them

Look at lawn decorations

Drainage issues

Soil testing

Rake up left over leaves from the fall

This is an exciting time because you will be planting new flowers and plants for the coming season. You will be laying the ground work which will hopefully yield a healthy lawn that will be colorful and vibrant for late spring to early autumn months.

Taking care of a lawn truly is an ongoing process. By breaking up tasks into monthly tasks, you will be able to tackle them much easier than if you left them all to the last minute.

After April, you will begin to see new growth and your months of hard work will begin to pay off. Now you will have to help your new flowers and plants grow so that they will continue to bloom all season long. This will be done by removing weeds, making sure the soil is full of nutrients, and by watering each day.


May is a mix of warm breezes and rain (does it ever stop?). You will begin to notice your flowers will begin to bloom. This is a beautiful site. But when flowers begin to bloom, weeds will also begin to show their ugly leaves. It is time to combat the weeds, and begin grass maintenance.

In May, you should:

Tune up your lawn mower

Mow your lawn (if the ground is dry enough)

Fertilize the lawn

Overseed the lawn in areas where it needs it

Rent a lawn roller to get out bumps

Trim your shrubs and hedges back

Plant trees and shrubs

Weed areas that are showing growth

The end of May will be warmer than the beginning of May which will be helpful when you are out there on the weekend tending to your lawn. You should also at this time take a look at the older trees on your property. If they need their branches trimmed or removed, you should have a landscaper drop by and take care of the issue.

The month if May is also a great time to clean out your shed, basement, or garage. Throw away old fertilizer, weed killers, and other chemicals. You should also get rid of old equipment and other items that you no longer need or that no longer work. Once these areas have been cleaned, you should find ways to keep them organized. You should also replenish any equipment and other lawn care items that you may need for the upcoming months.

These items include:

Summer fertilizer
Insect repellents
Weed remover

Terry Blackburn. Internet Marketing Consultant, living in South Shields in the North-East of England. Author and Producer of blog Author of "Your Perfect Lawn," a 90 Page eBook devoted to Lawn Preparation, Lawn Care and Maintenance. Find it at

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