Common Spring Lawn Care Mistakes

Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to improve your outdoor living space, and maintaining a healthy lawn should be at the top of your to-do list. Unfortunately, achieving the perfect lawn can be challenging for homeowners in South Florida. Here are some of the common spring lawn care mistakes you need to avoid, and what you can do to ensure your lawn is primed for healthy growth in the spring and beyond.

Improper Fertilization

Your lawn needs critical nutrients to grow and thrive but applying the wrong fertilizer—or applying the right fertilizer at the wrong time—can do damage to your grass. Since every lawn is unique, you need to do plenty of research to determine what type of fertilizer is best for your lawn, as well as the best application technique, frequency, and quantity of product.

The lawn care professionals at Service Choice of Oakland Park can create a proper fertilization regimen that meets your lawn’s unique needs. We’ll account for several factors, including your grass type and the season, to make sure your lawn is primed for healthy growth and resists insects and disease.


While it’s tempting to water your lawn frequently—especially during the hotter months of the year—this practice may not only be wasteful, but it can also drown out your emerging lawn. It’s best to water once or twice a week, providing your lawn with around one inch of water. You should always water in the morning to ensure proper evaporation into the soil.

Mowing Too Short

While keeping your grass trimmed is critical when it comes to preventing pest infestations and the spread of fungus, cutting too low can damage your grass. When you mow too short, your lawn is more prone to drought stress, weeds, and even disease. Maintain a minimum of three inches in length, depending on your grass type. In general, you shouldn’t mow more than 1/3-inch of a grass blade in a single mowing session. When in doubt, consult your lawn care professionals who understand the best mowing height for the grass type you have in your yard. 

Overlooking Weed Prevention

You need proper weed prevention to protect your lawn. Once weeds take root in your yard, they can quickly spread, crowding out healthy grass and sucking essential nutrients out of the soil. Maintaining a healthy, dense lawn is the best defense against weeds. Alongside proper mowing, watering, and fertilization, you should invest in pre-emergent weed control to prevent weeds from taking root during the spring growing seasons. Your lawn care technician can inspect your lawn for weeds and apply an appropriate post-emergent weed control on problematic areas.

A Trophy Lawn Is Just a Phone Call Away

Achieving a lush, healthy, green lawn is well within reach, as long as you rely on the lawn care experts at Service Choice of Oakland Park to care for your yard. After a free initial inspection, we’ll suggest a comprehensive treatment plan–including fertilization; pre-emergent application; and disease and insect control–so your lawn is primed for healthy growth. Call us today at (954) 568-9955 to schedule your free consultation!