Many folks see the winter as a much-needed break from lawn care — but the truth is that taking care of your yard is a job that’s never done. By getting started with working on your lawn just before the dawn of a new spring, you’ll not only save yourself valuable time you could actually enjoy sitting in the garden later on, you also ensure that your lawn is as healthy as possible.

With spring just around the corner, you can start by cleaning up the rocks, twigs, leaves, and other bits and pieces that will have built up over the winter, as well as any dead plants.

Unless your lawn is so wet that your shoes sink into it as you stroll by, you should also consider mowing it every three weeks or so, even before spring rolls around. Grass that grows too tall is more vulnerable to disease, but it’s in your power to keep it healthy.

Trimming any trees is another perfect late-winter lawn job, as it’s easier to assess the condition of your branches before the leaves start sprouting.

While you’re at it, stock up on fertilizer and (pre-emergent) weed killer now, so you can start applying them right at the beginning of spring!