Use a shovel to add a layer of mulch 2 to 3 inches deep around the base of any shrubbery in your yard. Keep the mulch away from the shrub's trunk and spread it out at least 1 feet on all sides. This prevents weeds, retains moisture and slowly decomposes adding nutrients to the soil around the bush. Repeat this each spring, as needed.
Provide enough water to your lawn and shrubbery during the growing season from spring to fall, if rainfall in your area does not. This amount will vary, depending on your location, type of grass/shrub and soil conditions. However, a good rule of thumb is to supply around 1 to 1.5 inches of water a week. Water the lawn and shrubs early in the morning.
Use an irrigation system, such as sprinklers located around the yard that supply equal amounts of water throughout to avoid getting bare or brown spots. Use sprinklers or soaker hoses placed around the shrubs.
Apply fertilizer on a set schedule according to your grass (shrub) type and specific soil conditions for best results. Contact your local garden center or local extension office for soil testing and fertilizer information. The fertilizer required will depend on the test results.
Mow your lawn to a height of 2 to 3 inches, but never cut more than one-third of its overall height. Cut the grass each week or longer, as needed to maintain the correct height. The grass will require more mowing during the growing season than in early spring and late fall.
Use pruning shears to remove any broken, old or diseased branches on shrubbery at any time during the year. Trim the top of the shrub narrower than the bottom and shape as desired.
Inspect your lawn and shrubs regularly for any signs of pests, diseases or weeds. Look for changes in the color, new growths, brown spots or other alterations in the appearance of the plants.
Identify the exact problem with the help of your local nursery or extension office. Treatment, control and removal of any found problems would vary, depending on the precise cause.