Natural Yard Care Seasonal Maintenance Calendar

  1. Summer
  2. Fall
  3. Winter
  4. Spring

June - August

Flower and Vegetable Gardens

  • Mulch flower and vegetable beds with compost or grass clippings to conserve water and control weeds.
  • Use fabric row covers to keep pests off sensitive vegetables.
  • Identify bugs before you spray, squash, or stomp. They may be "good bugs" that eat pests. 

Tree and Shrub Beds

  • Mulch shrub and tree beds with wood chips, leaves, or bark once a year to conserve water, reduce weeds, and feed the soil.


  • Mow regularly, and leave the clippings on the lawn.
  • Keep mower blades sharp to reduce lawn damage and brown tips.
  • Consider saving water by letting some lawn areas (ones that don't get heavy traffic) go brown and dormant until fall.


  • Start and re-check watering systems, and adjust for weather. (Don't water when it rains.)
  • Water lawns 1 inch per week, or let go brown and dormant (but water enough to moisten root zone once a month).
  • Water at dawn or in evening to reduce evaporation.


  • Add yard debris to compost pile; water the pile to keep it moist. Place pile in shade or cover to hold moisture.

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