Spring Cleanup Checklist: Everything you need to prep your yard for warmer months


With the peak of winter behind us, there is no better time than now to prepare your lawn for spring and summer. Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner whose grass thrives every year or a newcomer to yard work, we created this quick and easy checklist to ensure that every inch of your yard is ready for the warmer season. 

Prune Trees, Shrubs, and Hedges

Pruning, raking, and hedge trimming is another crucial step in preparing your yard for springtime. Take time to walk around your yard to gather any dead branches, notice any overgrown hedges or bushes, and take note of leftover leaves from fall’s cleanup. 

If your lawn includes a lot of hedges to shear, consider an electric shrub trimmer to help you make the most of your time in the yard. STIHL carries a battery powered hedge trimmer that makes yard pruning a breeze. 

While pruning may not be the most fun step to check off, it is an important one to make sure your lawn is ready to green up this spring. 

Clean Up Fall Leftovers

After pruning, you’ll want to ensure that your yard is clear of any sign of fall. The best way to accomplish this is to do exactly as you did back in the October: rake! 

However, when raking, it’s crucial to ensure that you use the right tool for the job. If you have leaves left in your yard, a leaf rake is precisely what you need as it will allow you to collect every leaf left.  But if your yard needs more leveling or clearing up debris that is heavier than leaves, a garden rake will do that job better. A garden rakes prongs are stronger, which is why it does a better job handling the heavier work. 

Test your lawn’s pH

Now that your yard is cleaned and pruned, it’s almost time for seeding. But before you take on the final steps of pre-emergent and laying seed, you will want to test the pH of your lawn’s soil. This is an incredibly important step because different plants prefer different levels of acidity. Grass, for example, prefers a neutral pH level (around 7.0). 

Testing your lawn’s pH is easy with Rapitest, especially because it allows you to instantly test in multiple areas of your lawn and garden. Rapitest’s pH tester makes it easy to find your soil’s pH level throughout your entire yard, which is important as it can vary.

Use a Pre-Emergent

After you’ve taken the time to weed, prune, clean, and test your lawn, it’s time to start some preventative care. Using a pre-emergent ensures that any weed seedlings do not germinate along with your grass seedlings. This will not only allow your grass and/or garden to grow healthily, but also will make next year’s spring clean up go even smoother. 

One of our favorite recommendations for a pre-emergent is Scotts Turf Builder Crab Grass Preventer. Not only will this pre-emergent keep weeds away, but it also acts as a fertilizer for your grass seedlings. 

Another brand we love sharing with customers is Jonathan Green’s Green Up. Similar to Scotts’ pre-emergent, Jonathan Green’s uses a fertilizer to help your lawn grow thick while also preventing weeds from germinating. 

Using a crabgrass preventer and fertilizer combo like either of these will allow your lawn to green up faster in the coming months. 

Seed Starting

Now that your yard is clean and prepped for spring, it’s time to plant your seedlings and watch your grass thrive. If you have any questions about how or when to start seeding in Virginia, don’t fret! Check out our blog here to learn the art of growing the greenest grass on the block. 

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We know that yardwork can sometimes feel like a daunting task, but luckily you have us in your corner. All of our friendly staff at our eleven neighborhood stores would love to help you in your lawn care ventures. Stop by and see us!