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Spring Prep: 5 Tasks to Do Right Now

When the days finally grow longer and the birds start chirping again, you know spring is on its way. That means it's time to start your first yard care tasks of the season. Before you begin major landscaping projects, you'll want to do these five simple tasks to get your lawn and garden ready for the spring.

1. Prep Your Mower Before the Season

Your lawn mower has been sitting idle for a few months now, waiting to get back out there. Before you start mowing, get it tuned up and back in shape for the season. Remember to sharpen the blade, replace the spark plugs, check the battery and add fuel if needed. If you notice any other imperfections, make sure to take care of them before trimming your lawn to perfection.

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2. Clean Up Leaves & Debris from the Winter

Between cold winter winds and harsh snow and ice, there's bound to be some debris lying around the yard. Grab your leaf blower and a rake to remove any limbs, twigs and leaves from your lawn. Removing all this excess debris will allow fertilizer and water to reach the soil better and absorb into the grass.

3. Give Your Lawn a Luscious Look by Fertilizing

After months of feeling the chill, your grass will need a little extra food to get up and running again. Research the best fertilizer for the grass type you have. You may also want to get a formula that inhibits weed growth to ensure your lawn can grow. The latest options are designed to fight everything from pesky crabgrass to dandelions so your grass gets proper nutrients.

4. Prune Any Unkempt Bushes & Tree Branches

Always trim overgrown branches off your bushes and trees during your spring prep. Having excessively large and unkempt branches not only creates over-shaded areas that effect lawn growth, but they also keep your bushes and trees growing strong. If you have taller trees with unreachable limbs, use a pole saw or telescopic pruner. If that doesn't do the trick, call a professional who has access to heavy-duty equipment.

5. Start Your First Mow of Season

Don't wait for the grass to grow out of control before trimming it for the first time. Depending on the weather, you'll want to mow about once a week for the first six weeks of spring. Mowing your grass early and often will help the roots grow strong for a lush lawn all summer long.