Raking,Weeding and Planting – It’s Spring!

It’s officially Spring …. I know the actual date was seven days ago but now that the normal temperatures are back it is time to celebrate!  This time of year finds me out soaking up the spring sunshine and out of the house we just spent the cold winter months taking shelter in. Conversing with my non-garden friends I’m finding they are not as excited as I am about raking the grass.  I figure anything that gets me outside and making my surroundings a prettier place to enjoy in the upcoming months is where I want to be!

down in the grass

 Wide Open Space in my Garden

 I know it is a weed but it sure is pretty……

After I’ve raked a good percent of the spots in the yard that seem bare and discolored from winter damage it is time to get pulling weeds.   You might consider using a tool like the one I use in the video below to physically remove the dandelions rather then using a chemical.

The last but most important thing to do is to spread the grass seed.  I’ve been known to waste plenty of seed by grabbing hand fulls and just throwing it where I felt it was needed.  Little did I know that was totally wasteful and didn’t save any spring maintenance time.  Last Autumn  I was given a new spreaders called a SNAP by Scotts Lawn Care.  After using this tool and talking with my friend Emily this maybe my favorite tool that best helps me get my yard ready for summer.  I was able to complete my grass planting job  in the areas around my gardens in no time flat with seed to spare.

Short video of a few basic grass maintenance going on in my garden right now.

Can you imagine trying to pull all the weeds in that front meadow area featured in the video above?  For the past 5 years I’ve been staying away from chemicals in my grass and continue to pull the thistle and dandelion weeds as needed.  It is impossible to remove them all by hand but I do want to note that if you make sure you keep up with planting grass seed the weeds are usually crowded out.

I’m excited to hear what you are doing in your garden and lawn this time of year and I hope you will share with me by commenting on this post!

Early this week I spoke with my friend Emily who works over in Marysville Ohio at The Scotts Company.  She is new to gardening and I’m excited to share with her some new growing technique growing natural.  We talked about the new seed spreader and I had a few questions about the sun & shade seed.  Listen in as we talk basic grass maintenance that should be going on in your garden this time of year and I hope it inspires you to think basics and get out and enjoy spring!


Recommended by a blogger friend of my I want to note that the products featured in this blog post today were gifts and I was not paid by anyone to post information.

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9 thoughts on “Raking,Weeding and Planting – It’s Spring!

  1. Welcome Emily to the gardening world. Bren, this is an interesting topic. My husband has our yard like a golf course, but honestly one of the hardest things for me to grow is GRASS. We built on reclaimed coal mine ground and have battled the weeds and babied the grass for 8 years. Dandelions are my enemy, only second to the thistle seed from the bird feeders. I love the idea of battling them from a standing position, maybe giving us more leverage and saving my knees from stress. Corona has some neat ideas, that is clever. I saw the Scotts snap on spreader advertised on one of the garden shows I watched this week. It looked very simple, we have an old spreader that has a tendency to dump too much seed, then clog up. I have wanted to turn it into a planter for years, it is rusty red! Very good info, have fun in your weed war! I’m battling my own! Lol…

    1. Thanks for stopping by my site Brooke. Oh my gosh … Emmily totally reminds me of myself ‘way back’ when we had our first home & garden. She is so positive about growing and I hope I can go visit her garden sometime this summer. Wouldn’t it be a blast if we BOTH could go visit her! I bet she would get a kick out of that.
      That new snap spreader is NO WAY going to get rusty….it is so lite weight and easy to use. I love the fact that they sell packs with only grass seed so I can use the fertilizer I chose to put on my lawn.

      P.S. I’m taking your advice and posting some bunny pics soon!

  2. i think grass is one of the greatest things we can grow. I love to get my lawn looking like a lush green blanket and feeling so cushy and soft.
    you are lucky to have so much space…let me know how your seed spreader works. I did a share of the UGLY in my new garden, and the grass is nothing near green!
    I will be shopping for tools…and toys for my yard today!

  3. Spent this week reseeding lawns also. I still use the handful and throw method as it grounds me with the earth. Really though, I love this time of year. I planted a few Blueberries in the yard this week and a couple of raspberries.

  4. It is really nice post. Prepare your garden for summer is a good idea. Tools use for remove weed are good because if we use chemicals for remove the weeds is harmful for other plants and it also affects the soil which is not good for the future aspects.