Bocce ball, anyone? Though many of you have fond childhood memories of playing tag or searching four leaf clovers on lush, green lawns, you may not recall the process by which your parents encouraged and maintained those verdant expanses. The good news is, gorgeous lawns, (like the one at the affordable Sheffield home pictured below), are achievable by even the most black-thumbed among us. While you're out home shopping this spring, look for sunny, level land, the grass can be cultivated later! This article , on DIY site The Spruce , outlines the ten simple steps of caring for a lawn. Spoiler alert – Raking is #1.