Whether you can't afford to hire someone or you just feel like doing it yourself, doing your own lawn care can be a rewarding experience. The good thing about doing your own lawn is you'll know exactly what shape it's in, and what it does and doesn't need. It's also great exercise and you'll be saving a few bucks at the same time. Getting started won't be that hard and you'll only need some basic equipment to do so.
Gather Your Equipment
When doing your own lawn care you'll need some basic equipment to get started,such as a lawn mower, weedeater, edger and blower. You will be able to do your edging with a Weed Eater; it will just be a bit trickier. With a little bit of practice operating the Weed Eater, you should be able to do your trimming without an edger. An edger will make this task easier but if you're trying to save some bucks, use a Weed Eater to do the job. You might make a few unsightly swipes when you first start using it, but with time you'll begin to feel like a pro. You can also sweep any grass trimmings away with a broom, to save a couple of dollars but a blower will also make the job easier. Don't waste your money on purchasing the most expensive equipment on the market. Stick with the most economical setup that will get the job done. If you have a larger area to mow, spend a few dollars more and go with a self-propelled lawn mower.
Set-up a Schedule
The healthiest lawns are the ones maintained on a regular basis. Depending on the climate and time of year, most lawns will need mowing at least once a week during the growing season. The healthier your lawn is, the less chance you'll have a problem with weeds taking it over. Don't cut your grass too short as this can injure it and deplete the nutrients in it. Cut your grass at a height of 2 to 3 inches. The best thing you can do for yourself is learn what type of grass you have and what it needs to be healthy. Also, by keeping your flowerbeds edged on a regular basis, you won't have a problem with grass and weeds creeping into them from the lawn. This will mean less work for you.
Keep the Lawn Watered
Depending on the temperature, water your grass two to three times per week during the warmer months. In cooler times, once or twice a week should do. Make sure when you do water that you do so deeply. This will help the lawn's root system to develop deeper roots. By giving your lawn light doses of water, you run the chance of the lawn developing shallow roots and weeds infiltrating it. In periods of heavy rain, you can cut back on the water, and in periods of drought you may need to increase its frequency. By drenching your lawn in too much water, you'll deplete the nutrients and open the grass up for an invasion of weeds.
Fertilization and Weed Control
Fertilize your lawn with an all-purpose fertilizer specifically designed for lawns, quarterly. If you live in a colder climate, you will probably only need to fertilize your lawn three times per year. By keeping your grass fertilized regularly, you will maintain its health and it will be less prone to diseases. In early spring you can apply a preemergence herbicide to the lawn to take care of any weeds before they start. If weeds do become a problem, you can apply a liquid herbicide to the affected areas or apply a granular weed-and-feed. It's best to take care of weeds as they begin to grow instead of waiting for them to take over an area. When dealing with your flowerbeds, you can pull the weeds out by hand or use herbicide designed specifically for flowerbed weed control. Be careful not to spray any herbicide on plants you don't want to kill. If insects become a problem, bring a plant sample with you to your local gardening center, so you'll be able to get the correct insecticide to cure the problem.