1) Do not take old advice
Most local yard care and garden stores have a schedule of tasks and treatments for your yard that are outdated. The climate has changed. Spring comes earlier than it did. Most of the information you get from well intentioned “experts” is outdated.
This basically means that you should use pre-emergent early and spot treat weeds as they arise. This prevents you from paying for weed removal.
2) Get rid of the debris
Leaves, weed seeds, small limbs, some animals, and the eggs of detrimental insects have taken up residence in your yard during the winter. You need to inspect your yard and the exterior of your home completely. Remove all of the physical matter that you can.
Make a list of the things that need to be done to your backyard, the exterior of your home, and the rest of your yard to make the yard ready for spring. The idea is that doing the work early saves you time and money so you can enjoy the backyard instead of work in it.
2) Cut the grass early
Your grass is still alive although it is dormant. Close inspection of your backyard will show you that the grass has actually gotten deeper during the winter. The growth is in part thatch that is the debris produced by grass.
Cut the grass to a height of one inch or one and one-half inches. This gets rid of the thatch. Cutting early gives your grass a chance to breathe. The benefit that you get is that your yard greens up earlier than any of your neighbors.
3) Do equipment maintenance
Your children’s backyard toys, the pool, and any decorative stone that you have in the backyard have been neglected during the winter. All of your backyard toys and equipment need to be inspected thoroughly for damage and deterioration. Replace or repair any damage.
Pools are of particular importance. Remove all the debris on the cover, remove the cover, drain the water, and test all of the equipment as early as local temperatures will allow. This allows you to find and repair problems early and you do not have to hear your children moan about the pool not working.
4) Get yard equipment ready
Your yard tools and all of the motorized or electrical equipment that you use to maintain your yard have been dormant like your grass for several months.
Check all of your equipment. Make sure that it runs like it should. Repair as needed. Buy all of the oils, lubricants, and disposable lawn care needs early before the prices go up. Do not forget to inspect hand tools for deterioration.
Do the work as early as possible. The idea is that doing the work during the time that you cannot really enjoy the backyard gives you more time to enjoy the backyard when it gets warm.