How to Prepare your Lawn this Spring

Add “lawn maintenance” to your “spring cleaning” to-do list.

Check on your sprinkler system.

You want to make sure your lawn’s water system is in tip-top shape before warmer temperatures hit. Use the checklist below to inspect your system, if you have any concerns contact a Watermaster expert.


  • Make sure there is power to your controller. Verify that it is plugged in and add new batteries if necessary.
  • Individually turn on each zone of your controller to verify proper operation.
  • Check to see if all sprinklers pop up.
  • Check for any leaks and look for any low pressure areas, which could be a line break or a missing sprinkler.
  • Check for proper rotation of each sprinkler and coverage of the area you are watering.
  • Adjust any sprinklers that are spraying onto sidewalks, driveways, fences, etc.
  • Check and clean filters on poorly performing sprinklers.
  • If any sprinklers are below grade, adjust as necessary to make sure they are not being blocked.
  • Re-program your controller to water on your assigned days in a cycle and soak method to prevent runoff.

Clean up your lawn.

Fall and winter can cause unwanted debris or natural material to be blown into your yard. Take the time to comb through your yard for any debris that could hurt your lawn. Twigs and leaves can block your yard from getting sunlight and be the perfect shelter for lawn pests. Don’t forget to pull weeds before they start spreading!

Fertilize your lawn.

Your lawn needs to be fertilized every spring if you want a full and green yard. If you want to go the DIY route, go for a drop spreader. Use any basic home lawn fertilizer. Two days before fertilizing, water your lawn. Once the lawn is completely dry, began fertilizing using the drop spreader. You’ll need a methodological approach to ensure your lawn has coverage. After you’ve spread out the fertilizer, thoroughly water your lawn. The water will get fertilizer off the grass blades and help it seep into the soil of your yard.

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