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Spring Lawn Care: What to Plant in Early Spring

According to the Farmer’s Almanac — yep, we’re going old school — the average temperature in March in Tennessee will be 53º, with 5” of expected rain. That’s a bit below historical averages for both temps and rain, but it’s still plenty warm and wet enough to get your spring lawn care in order. Here’s what you should plant in Tennessee in early spring.


Apply bio-nutrients and fertilizer to your grass in March, and you’ll have Great Green Grass all summer long. Now is also the time for crabgrass prevention and targeted broadleaf weed control.

Trees and Shrubs

Early spring is also the perfect time to apply fertilizer and systemic insecticide to the foliage and root zone of landscaped trees and shrubs. This feeding will increase the health and vigor of plants as well as enhance their color, growth and flowering potential. The insecticide also gets taken up into the plant to protect it from boring insects.


As soon as the threat of frost has passed, you can start your summer flower seeds and plan of your summer flower bed. Gladioli, calla lilies, dahlias, tuberous begonias, and crocosmias provide excellent summer color for your yard. 

Fruits & Vegetables

Blueberries and strawberries should be planted in the early spring, and make sure you mulch your strawberries with pine straw as soon as they start blooming. If you’re planning a summer vegetable garden, now’s the time to plant your first round of onions and summer cabbage. Later in the month, you can get your root vegetables and greens into the ground, which include beets, broccoli, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, kale, spinach, leeks, lettuce, and peas. You can also start your late-season vegetable seeds — tomatoes, peppers, etc. — inside for later transplanting.

Need help with your spring lawn care? Pure Green can give you an estimate for all your lawn care needs.