Caring for a grass lawn takes constant care and attention. Lawn mowers are built to mow at a certain height that you can choose depending upon the type of grass you are mowing. If you do not have a lawn mower, you need to learn alternatives. If you have a small yard, a fuel-powered string trimmer can mow just as effectively as a lawn mower, but it takes practice to get your cut even across the entire lawn. There are other steps besides mowing that you must learn to be sure you have a healthy lawn.
5-gallon gas can
Gas-powered string trimmer
Water hose with sprinkler attachment
Fill your 5-gallon gas can half full of gasoline. Add the recommended amount of 2-cycle oil to the can, and fill it just below the top with gas. Attach the spout to the can, close the vent cap, and shake the can to mix the gasoline and oil. Place the gas can on a level surface, and open the vent to allow the excess fumes to escape.
Fill the tank on your string trimmer with the fuel mixture. Push the primer bulb three times. Set the choke to full open and pull the starter string. Adjust the choke lever to half choke and squeeze the throttle. Pull the starter string until the trimmer starts. Allow the trimmer to run on half choke for 30 to 60 seconds. Move the choke lever to the off position.
Hold the trimmer at a 45 degree angle to the ground. Keep the bottom of the trimmer head 3 inches off of the ground. Mow the grass using slow, wide, sweeping arcs. Mow the entire lawn in this manner. Hold the head of the trimmer at a 90 degree angle to the ground and cut a groove around the perimeter of the lawn to form a definite edge. Continue cutting grooves around each obstruction in the lawn. Mow your lawn weekly.
Push your aerator tool over every inch of your lawn to poke holes in the soil giving air and more water to the roots. Fill the spreader with fertilizer pellets. Push the spreader around your yard to cover all of the grass with fertilizer. Aerate and fertilize your lawn once time each month during the spring, summer, and fall just after mowing.
Place the sprinkler attachment on your water hose in the center of your lawn. Turn on the hose and allow the sprinkler to water your lawn. Move the sprinkler to a different location every 1/4 hour until the entire lawn is watered. Water your lawn every other day just before dark.