To have a lush, green yard it really doesn’t take much. In fact, you can easily maintain a green yard without bald spots or weeds overtaking your grass by simple maintenance. Here are the few things I do to maintain a decent yard all summer long into fall.
To avoid having to rake your lawn after mowing (or lugging around and dumping out a bag of clipped grass), mow your lawn once a week while the grass is still short. We don’t ever use a bag as the clippings are so small you can’t even tell they are in the yard. By mowing once a week you can get a medium to large yard mowed in 15 minutes or less with no cleanup time after.
Water in the evenings, as the heat of the sun is waning. This way, you aren’t having your grass dry up as soon as you water it. We water every other day when it’s really hot, and just a few days a week now as it’s cooling down. Use a sprinkler that sprays in a circle in a misting fashion to avoid over watering while still clearing a 30 foot circle at a time. Or use a sprinkler that sprays back and forth in coverage of at least 15 feet. You can avoid over watering by moving the hose every half hour. In about an hour or so you should be done, moving the hose in 15 minute or half hour intervals.
For weeds, get a weed killer that attaches to your hose and turn the water on with the weed killer to spray your entire yard and along your driveway and house. You should only have to do this once, and it will kill the weeds within a week without harming grass that is meant to be grown. We weeded this way 3 months ago, just one time. Not a dandelion one. The dead weeds wither away and get eliminated with the lawn mowing and you’d never even remember they were there in a weeks’ time.
For bald spots, get seed grass and put in in a shake container and water lightly once a day until seedlings come in. So long as the soil stays moist, you will get filler grass in about a week. Don’t douse with water to avoid washing away the seeds, just lightly water for about 15 minutes with a misting sprinkler to get your new grass growing full-speed. Even if you have bald spots now, get seed grass in. If it frosts, it will come back and rejuvenate even in Spring.
You can also cover bald spots around pine trees with wood shavings or rocks. We dug out an old stump and used the shavings to surround our pine tree, and got rocks from the desert to make a pretty border. Wood shavings keep the pine needles and pine cones that shed from the tree from littering the whole yard.
If you have a dog that over waters your grass and creates bald spots, spray the bald spots with equal parts water and vinegar to offset your dog’s doings and encourage them to increase their potty zones. This also gets the grass ready for regrowth and gets it green within a day or so again.
My lawn maintenance for a great green lawn is about 4 hours a week. Not bad for basic proper maintenance.
For those curious, I have both a front and back yard, large. 4 hours a week total for lawn care includes both lawns. I have never had to rake grass clippings, pull weeds, or rake pine cones or needles based on the care we use on our lawn. Hope this easy care works for you.