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4 Lawn Care Tips You Need to Pay Attention to in Spring

Your yard has a lot of impact on your home’s value. These tips will help you not mess it up — and save some cash.

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How much you enjoy your home and your home's value depend on curb appeal. And your yard is a major factor in curb appeal. You can amp up both your enjoyment and value by following these lawn care tips.

#1 Check the Sprinklers

You don't want to find out during a summer drought that your old-fashioned oscillator or in-ground irrigation system is barely sputtering. Do a dress rehearsal now to make sure the hoses, settings, timers, and other components are working well.

Related: The Smithsonian Gardener Gives His Tips on Lawn Maintenance

#2 Plant Cold-Sensitive Annuals

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Once your last average frost date has passed and the soil temp is 60 degrees to 70 degrees, you have the all-clear to get cold-sensitive seeds like marigolds, sunflowers, and zinnias in the ground.

#3 Aerate the Lawn

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Try sticking a screwdriver or pencil into your lawn: If you have to break a sweat to break the soil, it's time to aerate your lawn. By creating tiny holes, you'll give water and fertilizer a more direct route to the roots and, in turn, give them more room to grow.

#4 Buy a Lawn Mower

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Stores will kick off the mowing season with big sales in April. And, if you can stomach the thought, buy a snow blower, too. Retailers will be saying buh-bye to winter with deep discounts on any still in stock.

Related: The Best Time of Year to Buy Things for Your Home

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Amy Howell Hirt

Amy Howell Hirt has written about home design for 13 years. Her work has been published by outlets including "The Home Depot," "USA Today," and Yahoo! Homes. She previously served as home and garden writer and columnist for "The Cincinnati Enquirer."