It's almost that time of year again. Time to blow the dust off the mower and get back to work. We've compiled a spring to-do list to help you get off on the right foot this season. To make things even easier, download the printable checklist. Let's get started.
Tune up your equipment
Now's the perfect time to give your lawn mower, trimmer, blower, chainsaw, and other tools a tune-up.
- Change the oil, filters, and spark plugs.
- Clean off dirt, dust, and any grass or debris left over from last year.
- Sharpen your chainsaw chains and mower blades as needed. Check out our guide on buying vs sharpening mower blades if you need more information.
- Fill up fuel tanks.
Running low on trimmer string or need to re-stock on gas and oil? Do it now so you don't get stuck in the middle of a job.
Prep your lawn
Winter can be hard on your lawn and may leave some things behind. Get a jump on things this spring and your lawn will thrive all summer.
- Clean out any gutters, strainers, window wells, drains, etc. and make sure downspouts are directing water away from the foundation. This is also a good time to check for other areas where water is pooling or running around your foundation.
- Clean up around heating and cooling units.
- Cut back any tree limbs growing on or over your roof.
- Go over your lawn and remove any twigs, branches, or other debris that has cluttered it up over winter.
- Rake out any dead grass and leaves.
- Repair bare spots in the lawn as needed.
- Seed your lawn as needed.
- Water as needed. Once your grass starts growing, make sure it gets at least 1-in. of water per week.
- Take control of weeds early with herbicides
It may also help to brush up on mowing best practices before you get started.
Test your soil
Healthy lawns require a well-balanced pH level, usually between 5 and 7 depending on the grass type. Follow directions on additives to ensure proper use.
- If the pH level is too high, add sulfate with a broadcast spreader.
- If the pH level is too low, add lime.
Clean up beds
Beds can start looking rough come spring. Clean them up early and maintaining them this summer will be much easier.
- Edge beds.
- Cut back and trim shrubbery against walls.
- Kill and prevent weeds.
- Apply mulch.
Other spring tasks
A few other things to think about this summer.
- Aerate the lawn early to mid-summer if you have warm-season grass. Wait until fall for cool-season grass.
- Dethatch right before aerating.
- Take control of insect issues.
- Grade and level gravel driveways.
- Edge walkways and driveways.
- Pressure wash siding as needed.
Hutson has the equipment and tools necessary for handling many of your spring tasks. We carry a full line of STIHL and John Deere equipment. Let us know what you're in need of and we'll get you set up. Call, visit, or submit an online contact form to your local Hutson store.