Everyone wants an award-winning yard. After all, there is nothing better than lounging on your beautiful lawn on the weekend after a hard week’s work. However, it is extremely easy to get overwhelmed when trying to maintain and care for your yard, especially if you are busy. Plus, it can be hard to know which parts of your lawn need to be cared for and where your priorities should be. Often, there are only so many things that can be done; it can be difficult to know where you should start and what you can afford to skip.

To kickstart caring for your yard, keep this checklist of priorities in mind.


If you can only do one thing for your yard this summer, you simply must mow it. Your yard can easily become overgrown and even dangerous if you avoid mowing it. Snakes, rats, and other animals are drawn to long grass, so it is important to keep your yard short. However, mowing your yard can be more complicated than you might think. You should avoid cutting more than one-third off your grass at a time. Cutting your grass too short can cause to wilt and die. Dead grass is expensive to replace, so avoid this situation altogether by not cutting your lawn very short. While you can hire someone else to mow your lawn, there are quite a few reasons you should mow your yard yourself, according to RYOBI Landscapes. However, if you really don’t have the time, we recommend hiring a professional lawn care company to do it for you. What’s the point of having a great yard if you’re too overwhelmed to enjoy it?


Keeping your grass healthy is one of the biggest factors in having an award-winning yard. No matter what you do, if your grass is brown and wilted, your yard is only going to look subpar at best. Mowing your yard correctly can be very helpful in keeping your yard green and thriving. However, fertilizer can ensure that your yard stays fresh and healthy all summer. You should begin fertilizing your yard in the spring, just when the grass begins to grow. The exact fertilizer you use should be a slow-release formula. While the bag will have directions on it, we recommend starting with less than what is suggested; too little fertilizer is better than too much.


After fertilizing and mowing your yard, you should next focus on trimming and caring for your bushes and trees. These plants are usually a lot more forgiving than grass, which is why you can usually get away with skipping this step if you need to. Generally, you should avoid trimming bushes and trees in the summer when they are growing. Instead, trim them in the winter before the ground defrosts. If you trim them too early, you will cut off the buds and new growth before they have a chance to bloom. There are some occasions where trimming in the summer can be helpful. For example, if your weeping trees grow so that it is touching the ground, you should trim it as this can promote disease.


In most cases, you can avoid weeding your yard unless you have the extra time on your hands. One of the biggest problems with weeds, according to Step by Step, is that they compete with the plants that you need to grow. In a garden, this makes it very important to get rid of them as soon as possible. However, in a yard where you are only growing grass and trees, it is less important. Weeds very rarely get to the point where they begin to kill grass and trees.

It can be difficult to get the yard of your dreams if you don’t know where to begin. Hopefully, this checklist has given you some ideas on where to start with your own yard.

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