In the early days of spring, there’s always a rush to nurseries and home improvement stores to stock up on fresh plants and mulch. Homeowners are eager to celebrate the return of warm, sunny days, and fresh landscaping is a great way to kick off the season.

Unfortunately, sometimes our grass pays the price when we’re focused on other plants. Here are some ways you can protect your lawn during a spring spruce up.

  • Pile bagged or bulk soil and mulch on other surfaces (driveway or sidewalk). While it may occupy your parking spot for a few days, if you pile it on the lawn, you could easily find damaged or discolored grass under it when you finally remove those last few bags.
  • Plan carefully for new planting or landscape beds. If you’re digging or cultivating a new part of your lawn, section it off (use paint or even stakes and string) before you start. Having a visual will help you determine size and placement, and you can correct or adjust without damage.
  • Minimize traffic around landscape beds. You’ll inevitably have a lot of foot traffic as you work, so be mindful of the number of wagon, wheelbarrow or lawn tractor crossings along the path.

If you’re mindful of protecting your turfgrass in the process, your additions to your lawn will surely emphasize its beauty.