How to Give Your Lawn and Garden a Finished Look

Jagged edge lines, overgrown hedges and grass, and debris-covered lawns are all surefire ways to turn an outdoor space into an eyesore. Oftentimes, these signs of bad yard hygiene stem from failure to perform of day-to-day yard maintenance. If neglected long enough, your lawn and plants can become damaged, sometimes severely, by disease, pests and other factors.
 
However, with these tips and ideas, you can give your lawn and garden a finished look that will keep your yard healthy and catch the eyes of others, for all the right reasons.

 

Tricks & Tips

Create a to-do list and prioritize
Small or large yard, it's always a good idea to jot down a comprehensive list of tasks that need to be done. Then, start by prioritizing tasks based on immediacy - meaning your yard's most troublesome areas - so you can direct your time and attention to the larger pain points first before checking off more miniscule tasks. 
 
Declutter 
It's not uncommon for leaves, small twigs, rocks and dirt to find their way to different spaces within your yard - like the lawn, patio or walkways - which can eventually flatten grass and create hazardous obstacles and conditions. Remove larger objects by hand first, and then use a leaf blower like the TB2MB Jet to clear spaces of smaller, lighter debris. 
 
Prune and trim regularly
Take inventory of all plants in your yard - from vegetables to perennials, to shrubs and trees - and be sure you're familiar with their general care needs. While some plants may be low-maintenance, others may need ongoing care throughout their growing seasons. For example, hedges can become unruly over time and need routine trimmings. Hedge trimmers like the battery-powered TB4400 are ideal for trimming thick brush and shrubs, delivering 3,000 strokes per minute, and hedge shears can be used for smaller, quicker trimming chores. For delicate plants like roses that call for more precise trimming, use pruners to pick fresh flowers and encourage new growth. This will also help deter disease and ensure plant strength. While simple to do, pruning and trimming can help reshape and refresh plants' overall appearance. 
 
Edge walkways 
Crisp edge lines help add definition, so it's important to create an edge around yard elements like walkways and garden beds that draw attention. If you're starting from scratch, it's best to use a gas edger, which can create edges at desired depths easily and efficiently. For existing edges, it's important to regularly trim overgrown grass with a string trimmer, which is best to do after mowing the lawn.  
 
Remove weeds
Weeds can spread quickly and aggressively, sometimes disturbing other plants in your yard. This is why it's vital to remove weeds in a timely fashion to keep your lawn neat and prevent additional weed growth. Weed-killing solutions may be needed in more extreme cases, whereas some weeds can be removed by hand or with a weed remover tool
 
Mow 
Overgrown lawns can attract pests and invite disease to the yard. To prevent this, make mowing a routine staple in your yard cleanup tasks. For a unique look, try different mowing patterns to add visual angles and dimension to the lawn. This also helps improve the growth and strength of grass blades.