Start off lawn maintenance for the season by picking up leaves and other debris. Use a rake to collect leaves and debris and use yard refuse bags for disposal. You can also shred or mulch leaves with a mulching mower so that they compost on the lawn and provide added nutrients.
You will also be cleaning up fallen branches and other plant debris that has collected in your yard over the winter. So now would be a good time to also do any necessary pruning to help trees, shrubs and flowers start their bloom. Prune any dead, diseased or out-of-control branches from trees and shrubs. Use a handsaw to cut off branches that are dead, infested with insects or disease, or that have grown too close to power lines and pose a safety threat. Bypass loppers work well for smaller branches. Always cut away from yourself so the branch does not fall toward you.
Always keep ladders, tools, equipment and yourself at least 10' away from any overhead power lines.
Make sure to wear safety goggles when working with a handsaw or loppers.
Observe basic ladder safety procedures to avoid serious injury from a fall. Invest in an adjustable ladder stabilizer that attaches to the ladder and braces onto the roof.
Collect clippings in yard refuse bags or trash bags for disposal.
Pull up any weeds and crabgrass you see in your yard. Remember to remove the entire root system. You can do this by pulling firmly by hand, or by using a shovel or weeding tool. Spot-check your garden once a week to keep weeds from coming back. For an onslaught of weeds in your grass, use a post-emergent herbicide that works on weeds that have already begun to grow. They are particularly useful on annual types of weeds. When using post-emergent herbicides, take care not to damage wanted plants. Avoid spraying herbicides on newly seeded grass or in the garden.
Many post-emergent herbicides are toxic. Purchase only as much as you need and wear protective clothing and garden gloves. Dispose of herbicides according to instructions.