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

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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.

Curb appeal is critical to home value

Your yard will either add to it— or subtract from it. Follow these lawn care tips to score on the plus side of the balance sheet.

#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 can’t so much as sputter. Do a dress rehearsal now to make sure the hoses, settings, timers, and other components are functioning properly.

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 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.

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