We're having Jason Cameron from DIY Network in studio later this week since he'll be at the Buffalo Home Show this weekend, and we were able to get some tips from Jason ahead of time so that you can start getting ready for your spring yard maintenance. That is if it ever stops snowing!

1. Feed Your Lawn

A good healthy lawn begins early in the spring with fertilizer. Fertilizer feeds your lawn after the winter, and may prevent crabgrass from growing during the spring and summer. It also helps improve your lawn’s ability to absorb water and nutrients.  And best of all, it’s easy to apply.

2. Protect Your Trees

A good layer of mulch will help keep roots cool and help in retaining moisture. Mulch will also help protect fragile, visible tree roots from your lawn mower.

3. Raking...In The Spring

Your lawn needs a good raking to get rid of the thatch that developed. Raking removes grass blades that died during the winter and helps separate matted patches.

4. Pruning

Hopefully your plants survived another winter, but they may need a makeover. Inspect your plants and other landscaping for winter damage and whenever you find an issue, prune the damaged spots as needed.  This makes for a healthy and happy yard.

5. Don't Cut The Grass Too Short

Mowing is really pruning and you should never cut more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blade.  Proper mowing should increase the density of the lawn, which in turn decreases weeds.