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Spring Lawncare in the North

R. L. Rhodes
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With temperatures still cold enough for snow, your grass is still a few weeks away from requiring close supervision. Nevertheless, there are still things you can do to ensure that your lawn is ready for spring.

Weed control

With the ground still cold and blizzards still coughing out their last gasps of the season, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll see any weeds just yet—and you can keep it that way by applying a pre-emergent. Try Vigoro Crabgrass and Weed Preventer, applying it with a spreader soon after the snow has cleared, and no later than May. That will help keep weeds at bay, giving your grass a head start on the competition for growing space.


Fall is the traditional time for diligently fertilizing cool-season grasses like those found in the North, but a judicious application of fertilizer in the spring can help “green up” lawns more rapidly. A combination weed and feed like Scotts Turf Builder can help suppress unwanted plants while strengthening grass.

(Not sure if the North is the right zone for you? See our zone map for more.)

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