DIY Lawn Care for Beginners

Have a new house? Or are you just sick and tired of spending your money on a professional lawn care service that seemingly only water the weeds? If you want to try your hand at DIY Lawn care and you are a beginner, you should not be intimidated.

There is lot of information on the internet as well as YouTube videos that have all the information you need concerning DIY lawn care for beginners. DIY lawn care is not rocket science nor is it costly.

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You probably have all the tools you will need taking up space in the garage already. So, give it a try, DIY lawn care for beginners is easier than you think.

What Beginners Need to Have for DIY Lawn Care

1. A lawnmower. Basically that is the most high-tech piece of equipment you will need to DIY your lawn care if you are a beginner. A lawn mower obviously is something you cannot do without. Because the grass will grow, grass cutting will need to be done. If you go on the internet or watch some YouTube videos, everyone will have an opinion as to what the best lawnmower is and why you need it.

Some will say Toro is the best, others will say Honda. But, for the beginner DIY Lawn Care novice, a mulching mower is what is essential. It doesn’t matter what brand the lawnmower is; it just needs to a mulching mower.

Whether a Craftsmen, Cub Cadet, John Deere, or a Honda, it seriously just comes down to personal preference. Any recommendation on YouTube of a certain brand is most likely the result of the content provider having some sort of professional business relationship with that lawn equipment manufacture and they are simply marketing that mower to their followers or subscribers. It’s nuts, I know.

My personal preference is a self-propelled mower. I have a bigger than average lawn and the self-propelled feature makes mowing three quarters of an acre much easier. It’s also a mulching mower. I personally use a Husqvarna 21” mower, but I cannot say I would buy it again if I could do it all over again. It is the AWD model and it is a good mower and I have used it going on to my 4th season.

However, I had a Honda mower for ten year previous to that I can say it always worked, first pull. I miss it and sold it only because I wanted an AWD model. Whatever model of lawnmower you end up or have will do the trick for the DIY Lawn Care beginner. Even if you are not a beginner, the right lawnmower comes down to what you want it to do. All will cut, but not all will be AWD self-propelled and not all will be mulching lawnmowers.

Bottom line of lawnmowers for the DIY Lawn Care beginner: Buy a self-propelled, mulching mower that cuts at least 21” and has at least a 6.25 horsepower engine.

2. A spreader. For the beginner and season pro alike, a spreader will be a necessity that you cannot do without. The type of spreader you need is again a matter of personal preference.

I use a Scott's EZ Feed spreader and it works just fine, even if it doesn't have an edge guard.  A spreader will be used to lay down lawn fertilizer, pre-emergent, and grass seed.

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A good spreader will have some sort of dial or adjustment on it that will allow the amount of product coming out to be adjusted to the recommended rate. Most products like fertilizer, weed and feed, pre-emergent and the like will have on the back of the back what setting to use with a particular spreader.

So, if you are a DIY Lawn Care beginner and you want to make your life as simple as possible, pick the brand of products you want to use (I prefer Lesco) and read the back of the bag and get a spreader that it lists. That way there is no guess work involved.

That makes DIY lawn care easy. The product bag will usually list all of the main and popular type of spreaders so you will have a choice in which one you want to get.

Obviously, when you use a spreader you will be using granular products rather than liquid. Granular is just as good as liquid and quite honestly they are easier to apply and get an even application.

Liquid products get a faster result, but require calibration of application rate (how fast you walk and spray over a given square footage). It is much easier to use granular products like weed and feed, fertilizer and lawn amendments like Milorganite using a broadcast spreader.

Resources for the DIY Lawn Care Beginner

Finding resources to guide you into your DIY lawn care endeavor is easy to do. There are many resources online as well on YouTube. I wrote a bit more detailed "How-To" article that you may find helpful and gives you some basic steps you need to take.

You can read it here: What You Need To Know to DIY Your Lawn Care. The point is that if you are wanting to start DIY your lawn care, there are plenty of resources for you. A word of caution though, most lawn care channels have some sort of business relationship with the lawn equipment company products that they are pushing. They will say they are the best so don't be persuaded by their recommendations.

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The lawn care products they are pushing may be good, but they may not be the right product for you. Take your time in deciding what lawn care equipment you will invest in.

It is also best to find a resource that focuses on the type of lawn you have. It doesn't do you much good to follow someone that has Bermuda grass when your lawn is fescue.

They are two different types of lawns requiring much different conditions and care to grow. Sure, there are some commonality of schedules, but the differences are greater than any similarity.

The products you can use on a Bermuda lawn will harm a fescue one and vice versa. Some products that are applied to a St. Augustine lawn can only be used on them. So find your favorite lawn care guru that has your type of lawn.