When Should You Mow Your Lawn in Spring?

When Should You Mow Your Lawn in Spring?

Spring is right around the corner – hallelujah! After a long winter in dormancy, your lawn is ready for a little tender love and care, but are you prepared to give it? One of the easiest ways you care for your lawn is mowing it, but when is it time to dust off the lawnmower and get started? Lawn Love has the answer — and some other great advice to get you started this spring!

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The Time is Right

There’s no specific date you should start mowing your lawn in the spring. As with most things where your lovely turf is concerned, you have to look for the signs that the time is right before doing the first cut. What are those signs? Well, the height of your grass is one of the biggest indicators. You don’t want to injure the grass by cutting when it’s too short because that will make it more susceptible to disease and pests. Wait until your grass is, at a minimum, two inches tall before you mow.

Waiting this long will help to protect the roots, just remember to never chop off more than a third of the grass blade at a time. You have to find the sweet spot between the height of the grass and a mowing height you can live with.

Time to Fertilize

As important as the first mow is, spring fertilization is just as important! After a long winter, the grass needs nutrients. Sometime between February and April, boost root health and the energy of your lawn for a busy growing season in spring by applying fertilizer. In the late spring, between May and June, growth will really take off, so the fertilizer you apply will help sustain it.

Water It

Another aspect of spring lawn care you can’t offer look is proper watering. Don’t rush out with a hose on the first lovely spring day, but instead wait until the grass slightly wilts from the heat. When you wait for this, then your grass will grow deeper roots to help it through dry spells. So, deeply water your grass about once a week by giving it about an inch of water.

The Dreaded Deadspot

If you mow, fertilize, and water your lawn this spring but find a circular patch of grass that is brown, then you have a deadspot. Don’t sweat it! This may be a fungal disease that has been in the making for a couple of years, but there are things you can do to prevent it.

First, remove the thatch. Your thatch shouldn’t be more than a half inch anywhere in your lawn. Also, make sure your lawn is properly watered and that low-nitrogen fertilizer is used. That will help your lawn ward off disease and keep another dreaded deadspot from popping up in the spring.

You can have the nicest lawn ever with just a few simple steps. You simply need to ensure you’re not jumping the gun and mowing too early, or you could damage your lawn and spend the rest of the season trying to bring it back to life! Happy mowing!

Sara Butler

Sara Butler has written scores of articles for Lawn Love -- everything from how to revive your dead lawn to how to start to lawn care tools every homeowner should have.