Expert Daniel Kreiter Offers Lawn Maintenance Tips to Help Deal with Early Spring

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Around the country, the spring season has hit much earlier than usual, leaving many lawn owners scrambling to get their properties ready for the warm weather. Lawn care professional Daniel Kreiter offers tips for coping with an unpredictable season.

Around the country, spring weather has arrived much earlier than it usually does. While this is undoubtedly a boon to those who love warm temperatures and outdoor activities, it has left many lawn owners scrambling to get their properties ready for the season. Indeed, news reports from all over the country confirm that lawn owners have been caught off guard by the early season, and the lawn maintenance industry has responded by offering insight and tips for proper lawn care. Among these lawn care professionals is Daniel Kreiter, a Seattle business owner who encourages homeowners not to let the early season shake their confidence.

“Many lawn owners in this area have been so caught off guard by weather fluctuations that they’ve essentially resigned themselves to having inferior lawns this year,” says Daniel Kreiter. “They think it’s already too late to fertilize and to water properly, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, the conventional wisdom about fertilizing early really flies in the face of truly excellent lawn care.”

In fact, the lawn care professional states that while the sudden spring has led many lawn owners to begin fertilizing, it is probably still too early for this. “Especially here in Seattle, where there are still plenty of pockets of cool weather, now is too early to be thinking about fertilization,” notes Daniel Kreiter. Indeed, while he claims that many lawn owners think there is no such thing as fertilizing too early, being premature can cause grass and plants to grow faster than they ought to, and ultimately deplete their nutrients before the summer season starts.

Daniel Kreiter, who has owned his own Seattle lawn maintenance business for more than a decade, says that the early spring has caused lawn owners around the country to jump the gun on basic lawn care practices. “People just aren’t used to the season starting so early,” he says. “It leads to puzzlement over whether or not it’s too soon to exercise basic lawn maintenance practices.”

Another example he gives is of watering. Daniel Kreiter claims that many lawn owners are used to watering heavily during the long stretches of summer, but in many regions it is still too early for so much watering. “Again, this is especially true here in Seattle, but it pertains to many regions elsewhere,” he explains. “There is still a lot of moisture in the air and in the ground, and it’s just not time to start watering so heavily.”

Ultimately, he says, the warmer weather might be deceiving. “While lawn owners may find that it’s time to begin regular mowing, that doesn’t mean that it’s time to begin the full spring maintenance season.”


Daniel Kreiter is a lawn care professional who lives and works in Seattle, Washington. For ten years, he has owned his own lawn maintenance company, which currently employs fifteen lawn care providers. In addition, he offers handyman services to homeowners throughout the Seattle area.

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