Setting up your lawn needs a good yard, so you need to set up your yard. Check your yard for weeds, if you have weeds around, dig the weeds and till to ensure that there won't be further growth.
If you have plans to set up a lawn from the very beginning, clear all existing weeds, you will need a sod cutter for that, if you don't have, consider renting one.
Clear your yard of sticks, debris, and other rocks from your yard, and ensure you also pick out old roots.
If your yard is properly prepared before you set up your lawn, things would be smoother and your canvas would be set for green grass.
Run a Test to Ascertain the pH
If you are planting new grasses it is important that you test your soils pH level before you even make your first step. Your soils pH says a lot about your soil and its capability. It will let you know how well the soil can feed the grasses with nutrients. Testing is simple, just walk into the nearest nursery or hardware store and get a catalogs and do-it-yourself kits. The result of the test will also let you know the type of grass seed you should plant and the compounds compatible for growing healthy grass.
Your pH test will also allow optimum growth. pH is measured on a scale of 1 to 14, if it falls on 7.0, it is neutral. If it falls below 7.0, then the soil is acidic, above 7.0 means alkaline. For most grasses a neutral soil is what's conducive for growth, anything between 6.2 and 7.2.
Prime the Soil
This is similar to the first step but with more intensity. Once the soil shows a neutral PH, you'll take a step further by priming the lawn. Remove all roots and weeds then rototilling a few inches (6 inches would be ideal) for making heavy soils suitable for growing grass. You might want to add loam (a combination of equal proportions of silt, clay and sand) this will help boost soil nutrients.
Picking the right seed
Picking the right seed is another important DIY lawn care tip. This is a simple procedure, your sunlight exposure will determine where and what to plant. If your lawn receives just four hours of sunlight daily, pick a grass that does well under shade, if it's the other way around, pick a grass that does well under the sun.
Maintain your Lawn
The DIY steps above mostly involve setting up your lawn. Once that has been done, you'll then need to plant, weed frequently with the right equipment, apply fertilizer, water frequently and cut when need be.
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