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How to Revive Your Grass After Winter: 6 Spring Lawn Care Tips


Let’s face it, we all need a bit of a boost after winter.

Too much hot chocolate with marshmallows. Lazy Netflix nights on the couch.

Then, finally, woo hoo! Spring arrives in Wisconsin and Minnesota! Trade the boots for flip flops! Fire up the grill!

Hmm, your lawn looks like it needs reviving, too. How to revive grass after winter?

Time for some spring lawn care tips:

First, Dormant Grass vs Dead Grass: How to Tell?

It’s fun to take that first stroll around your yard when spring arrives. So many cool signs of life. Pretty purple crocus! Your shirtless neighbor who skipped the gym all winter! (OK, it’s not all fun.)

But your grass might look dead. It’s been hunkered down for months taking a long winter nap.

dormant brown grass in winter time

Should you worry? Is it dead?

Probably not.

Like you after a really long nap, it doesn’t exactly spring right to life, all fresh and beautiful. It’s been dormant.

Grab hold of a couple clumps of grass and tug. A dormant lawn will still have a solid root system and resist your tug.

Once the temperature scoots up and your lawn gets water, it’ll start to grow and green up again.

How to Revive Grass After Winter?

It needs a few things. Check out these spring lawn care tips:

1. Grab the Rake and Clean Up

It’s kind of a mess out there, right? Lightly rake your lawn to remove dead grass, leaves, or debris you missed in the fall.  Gently, though. You don’t want to uproot your turf. It’s tender after sleeping all winter.

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If there are matted areas, it could be a sign of snow mold. Continue to rake that area to break it up. Getting the blades of grass to stand up will help increase the air circulation to the roots.

2. Reseed Bare Spots to Revive Dead Grass

Yes, in general, it’s better to seed in the fall. But if you have some bare spots that are putting you in a bad mood, it’s ok to seed in the spring to help revive dead grass. You might have damage from snow mold, salt, or snow plows. But no earlier than Mother’s Day. (And please let mom open her presents first.)

One of the reasons spring and grass seed don’t mix is because of crabgrass prevention. (More on this crucial spring lawn care tip in a minute.)

lawn care technician with handfuls of grass seed

That great pre-emergent that prevents crabgrass also kills grass seed. So you can’t seed and prevent crabgrass at the same time.


Partner with RainMaster, and you can plant grass seed and control crabgrass at the same time in spring, because we have a professional-grade product that allows both.

Don’t look for this magic potion on the home improvement store shelf. This is pro level stuff.

3. Attack Crabgrass

This is a spring lawn care tip because timing is really important in the battle against crabgrass. You want to target those weed seeds as they germinate and take root in the soil so they don’t become more seed-producing plants.

crabgrass along the edge of a lawn and pavement

RainMaster lawn care customers in Eau Claire, Wi and Blaine, MN get two crabgrass treatments — one in early spring and another in late spring. That’s important extra protection against this truly terrible lawn invader.

4. Get After Those Grubs

Sorry to ruin your lighthearted spring mood with the G word, but spring is the best time to take action.

The key to controlling grubs is to prevent them before they hatch and begin to wreak havoc on your lawn. (Look up “havoc” in the dictionary and they should show a picture of a grub.)

lawn grub closeup

Grubs feed on grass roots and organic matter in the soil, causing sections of grass in the lawn to die. They essentially eat the roots right out from under the grass. It’s super rude.

RainMaster customers get bee-safe Grub Guard right away in the spring during our first visit. Then, you’re all set. This material lasts throughout the entire growing season. And, unlike cheaper products some lawn care companies use, it doesn’t kill bees. Bees are cool.

5. Get Ready to Mow

Your trusty mower has a busy season ahead. Make sure your mower blade is sharp, the tires are aired up, and the oil is changed.

While these are important spring lawn care tips, they’re not one-time tasks. Do them each month through the mowing season.

6. Big Spring Lawn Care Tip: Feed Plus Weeds

Spring means time for fertilizer and weed control. Your hungry lawn really needs food right away, and we all know how stubborn lawn weeds are, so your goal should be to have this first round done by Memorial Day.

Trust Your Spring Lawn Care Tips List to RainMaster

Yes, spring is about gawking at tulips and tossing those first juicy burgers on the grill. Here in snowy Wisconsin and Minnesota, it’s a real celebration.

But it’s also about reviving dead grass and tackling a few really important spring lawn care tips.

Is it harshing your sunny spring vibe? Let us take some of it off your hands, so you can do fun spring stuff.

Looking for lawn care in Eau Claire, WI or Blaine, MN? Let’s create a custom nutrition plan for your lawn, so the roots will be nourished, the soil packed with nutrients, and your grass so thick and healthy, lawn weeds will have a tough fight ahead.

You choose from three different levels of lawn care programs at RainMaster, based on the results you’d like, how fast you want to see results, and your budget.

When you’re ready to put your trust in us, we can’t wait to meet you — and help you make the best choices for your lawn.

Want to hand over some pesky spring lawn care tasks and be confident about your choice for lawn care services? Request a quote today! We’ll review your lawn care options together so you can make a great choice. Then, you can finally enjoy your lawn and stop worrying about it.

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Topics: Lawn Care

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