However, keeping your yard clean is not as easy as it sounds especially during the fall. You have to irrigate regularly, pick up toys, rubbish and other lawn implements to keep your yard clean. It doesn't matter which type of grass you have in your lawn; the following tips can help you keep your yard clean.
Things You Will Need
- Rubbish bins
- A Garden hose or an irrigation system
- All-purpose herbicide (must contain dicamba, MCPP or 2,4-D)
- Yard Rake
1. Keep Your Yard Clean
Regularly examine the yard, and remove every unnecessary rock, twig, branch, waste and other debris. Divide the debris into two separate piles: a compostable pile and non-compostable pile. The compostable pile of waste should include anything that can be placed in your compost pile. It can be things like fallen tree fruits, twigs, branches. The non-compostable waste should include metal, plastic, and other non-biodegradable items.
2. On a daily basis, check your yard thoroughly for animal waste, and properly dispose of it. Keep a small, separate bin particularly for animal waste. It minimizes offensive odors in your yard and segregates the waste from your regularly household trash.
3. Now it's time to get busy. Bend down and pull off all the weeds in your yard. Make sure you wear a glove. If you are not comfortable with using your hand, use an all-purpose herbicide to remove the weeds.
4. Make sure you rake your yard thoroughly. Place all the compostable materials in one pile. Get rid of the non-compostable waste as well.
5. Cool season grasses like fine fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass should be cut to at least 3 ½ inches during summer and 2 ½ during fall or spring. When you have warm season grasses like Bermudagrass zoysiagrass, cut them to about 1 to 2 inches in height. If you have St. Augustinegrass, cut them to 2 to 3 inches in height.
6. Don't forget to water your yard. It should be watered to a soil depth of about 6 to 8 inches at least twice a week. You should water it when you see that the top of the soil is 2 inches dry, even when you already have that week. Whenever it rains, your yard will not need much hand-watering.
Note that you need at least one gallon of water to penetrate 1 inch of lawn calculated per square foot. You will need 600 to 800 gallons of water to irrigate your 100 square foot yard to about six to eight inches in depth.