Step 1: Gathering necessary materials
Steps 1 - 3 : Pickup
Steps 4 - 9: Mulching
Steps 10-14: Edging
Steps 15-18: Mowing
Steps 19-22: Trimming
Step 1: Materials
2. Safety glasses
3. Hearing Protection
5. Weed trimmer
6. Pruning tools
A. Pruning saw
B. Handheld pruners
7. Flat digging shovel
8. Stiff Rake
9. Spring rake
11. Silage fork / scoop shovel
13. Lawn Edger
14. Leaf blower/ broom
15. Refuse bags
A. Be sure you have enough bags and tags or stickers for your bags, as you will probably use a lot.
Note: The blades for the lawnmower and the lawn edger should be sharpened at the beginning of each season. If its not possible to sharpen them at home, a local lawn and power dealer will be able to do that for a small fee.
Step 2: (Pickup) Remove Dead Leaves and Sticks From Flower Beds
Step 3: (Pickup) Trim Dead or Broken Branches From Trees and Shrubs
A. Cut the branches as close to the base as possible
B. Cut perpendicular to the branch
C. Don’t cut into the curved parts that grow from the tree into the branch
i. These are actively growing cells, and the wound will heal much faster if this area is unharmed
ii. On the underside of the branch make a small cut an inch above where you are going to sever the limb.
iii. This prevents the falling branch from ripping a strip of bark off past where the cut is being made.
Step 4: (Pickup) Put Debris in Refuse Bags
Step 5: (Mulching) Dig an Edge Around the Perimeter of Every Flower Bed
Step 6: (Mulching) Estimate the Total Surface Area of Beds to Be Mulched
Step 7: (Mulching) Spread Mulch
Step 8: Edging
Use the lawn edger to follow the edge of any pavement with a sheer drop. The blades should be digging down about 1 inch, and as close to the pavement as possible. Going over an area several times will create a cleaner edge. Use a leaf blower to blow the loosened ground material out of the new edge.
Step 9: (Cutting) Mow the Perimeter of the Yard
Cut multiple passes around the yard. This area will be used later to turn the lawnmower around. Be sure to use the grass catcher on the lawnmower. This cleans up most mess left behind by mulching and edging. Its important to empty the grass catcher before it is completely full or it will stop catching grass clippings.
Step 10: (Cutting) Cut the Center Area of Your Lawn
Cut the center area in rows by using the pre-cut perimeter. Alternating direction creates a striped pattern. Every time the lawn is cut again rotate the orientation of the rows 90 degrees. Eventually there will be a checker board pattern.
Step 11: Trimming
When trimming stand in the grass and move from right to left, cutting with the leading edge of the trimmer. Trimming in this way reduces cleanup at the end.
Step 12: Cleanup
Inspect the property one more time for any missed spots while you have the leaf blower clearing sidewalks, driveways, and streets of debris.