How to Prepare for an Annual Yard Cleanup

How to Prepare for an Annual Yard Cleanup

Did you know that lawn maintenance is the biggest source of income for most landscaping companies? Whether you have an ornate lawn or a simple one, regular maintenance is unavoidable. But, you don’t have to hire someone else to do it for you.

Instead, with a bit of know-how, you can tackle your lawn maintenance yourself! To help you take care of your lawn without spending too much time or money on it, we put together this guide to yard cleanup. Read on to learn how to do it!

Get Your Equipment Ready

Before you tackle your yard cleaning, you need to have your equipment ready. If you don’t, you risk being forced to quit halfway through. If you only have one day a week to work on your lawn, this means you’re adding another week to your yard cleaning project.

So take the time to build a yard cleanup checklist and get everything ready before you start cleaning. Don’t forget the essentials:

  • Trash bags
  • Rake
  • Gloves
  • Fertilizer
  • Sheers
  • Clippers
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Lawnmower (don’t forget gas)

You can also consider renting a dumpster. There are many dumpster rental sizes for all kinds of yards, so you can keep a small dumpster in your driveway while you’re cleaning your yard to get rid of any debris.

Handle The Low Hanging Fruit

The easiest step in cleaning your yard is clearing any debris. Begin by putting any branches, leaves, and sticks from this yard. This will prevent pests from burrowing in your yard and will allow you to mow your lawn.

You can either toss natural debris into your dumpster or put it in a woodchipper or compost pile to turn it into fertilizer.


When you prepare for your annual yard cleanup, you should make sure your sheers and clippers are sharp and rust-free. You’ll be doing a lot of snipping and clipping, and dull equipment will make the process take significantly longer.

If you have large trees or major tree damage from storms, it might be best to contact a professional free-trimmer before you do your yard cleanup.

Mow in Phases

If it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned your yard, your grass is probably pretty long. Be sure to only cut one-third of your grass per mowing session. In addition, be sure to rake up your grass clippings and dispose of them so they don’t rot on your lawn.

This means that you might have to give your lawn a few mows over the course of a few weeks to get your grass down to the desired level.

Handle Yard Cleanup Like A Pro

Yard cleanup can be daunting, but with a bit of preparation and planning, it doesn’t have to be. With our yard cleanup guide, you should now have a great starting point for tackling this project. Give it a try and make your yard the envy of the neighborhood!

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