Infographic: An Angie's List Seasonal Guide to Lawn Care

Mike LaFollette
Written by Mike LaFollette
Updated May 22, 2014
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In this infographic, we've compiled a list of tips and tricks from lawn care professionals on how to maintain your lawn during each season.

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A Season-by Season Guide to Lawn Care

Lawn maintenance is a year-round task and each season requires its own share of chores. In this infographic, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks from lawn care professionals on how to maintain your lawn during each season. Happy planting!

Spring

Spring is the ideal season to plant flowers and other plants and redo your lawn.

Before you start: Make sure the freeze and thaw cycle of winter hasn’t pushed plants out of the ground. If so, just push them down or add topsoil.

Spring lawn care chore list:

Rake all debris and leaves leftover from the previous fall or winterTune up your lawn mowerSet your mower blade to 3 inches for the first mow, then 3.5 inches for the restDo a soil test before planting new bedsStart your fertilizing cycle and lay down a pre-emergentPlant flowers, vegetables, trees or shrubsAdd 2 to 3 inches of mulch around your plants to keep weeds at bayWater your plants as neededRestart your fertilizing and pre-emergent combo about 60 days after initial applicationMow your lawn as needed

Optional:

Lay down sod or grass seed, if necessaryRefill your gas canAdd mulch to flower beds

Summer

Summer is a dry season, so it’s important to keep up to date with watering to keep your grass and plants well-nourished.

Summer lawn care chore list:

Continue your 6 to 8 week fertilizer/pre-emergent cycleMow your lawn as neededWater your grass and plants with about 1.5 inches of water per weekRemove or kill weeds as neededTackle large enhancement projects, like decks or patiosCheck lawn and trees for poison ivyTo prevent mosquitoes from breeding, check flower pot saucers for standing waterMonitor your lawn for dead spots, pests and drought conditions

Fall

Fall is one of the most ideal times to plant plants and prep your lawn for next spring.

Fall lawn care chore list:

Aerate your lawnMow to 3 inches on a semi-regular basisRemove weeds or use broadleaf herbicide to treat for weedsFertilize twice: at the beginning and end of fallPlant flower bulbs to establish a strong rooting before winter (late fall)Plant trees (the best time!)Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around your plantsWater newly planted trees and bulbs with 1.5 inches of water every weekTransplant shrubs and plants if desired

Optional:

Lay down grass seed in damaged places

Winter

Just because it’s cold, it doesn’t mean you can ignore your lawn! Winter is the perfect time to plan and maintain certain parts of your lawn.

Winter lawn care chore list:

Prune, trim, or remove treesPlan your garden or landscapeDecide whether you want to hire a landscaper this yearIf you do want to hire a landscaper, meet with them to go over options

Pro Lawn Care Tips:

Plant in the appropriate places so plants don’t outgrow the space or die from too much sun or shade.If you’re planning to hire a landscaper, call in the winter or early spring to secure your spot.Use pre-emergents to prevent weeds from growing (unless you are planning to lay grass seed).Fertilize your lawn every 6 to 8 weeks to give the lawn nutrients over time, starting in March or April.Decide whether to lay down grass seed in the spring or fall. Fertilizer can be used with grass seed, but pre-emergent cannot.If you’re thinking about laying down sod, decide before spring. That’s the best time!

Whether you’re considering hiring a landscaper or doing it yourself, it’s important to have all of the facts and helpful advice in order to make a decision. Follow these season-by-season lawn care tips to keep your lawn beautiful, lush, and green.

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