As much as many people care about their homes, there’s one place where they have a tendency to let their standards slip a little bit: the garden. There are a few reasons for this, and some of them are pretty understandable. After all, you spend the vast majority of your time inside your home, so it’s easy to forget about the things that need dealing with outside its walls. Not only that but there are entire chunks of time throughout the year when going outside and dealing with the garden is near impossible simply because of the weather. But the most common reason that many people find themselves struggling to take care of their gardens is simply that they don’t know how best to go about doing it. Gardening can seem complicated and difficult to a lot of people. Luckily, that’s not the case. In fact, all you really need to do is a few simple things, and you can have your garden looking fantastic in no time.

Keep your lawn trimmed

This is by far the simplest thing that you can do for your garden, but it really does make the most difference. An overgrown lawn can make an entire garden look messy and uncared for. However keeping your lawn trimmed and flat can go a long way to making your garden look a lot tidier overall, even if there are a few weeds or overgrown plants here and there. There are plenty of choices in terms of which mower to buy, from manual to electric to gas powered and ride-on varieties. Check out to get an idea of what the best choice is for your garden. Obviously, if your garden is only a few feet in either direction, you’re not going to need a ride-on mower, but you also don’t want to end up pushing a manual mower through half a mile of knee high grass.

Deal with patio weeds first

Weeds are the bane of many gardeners’ lives. They grow faster than you ever expected, they take over spaces that were once occupied by other, more desirable plants, and they can be a real pain to get rid of. However, if you really want to make a difference to the way your garden looks, you should focus on those weeds growing through the cracks in the patio. Weeds in your flower beds might be annoying, but they can often blend in with the rest of the garden. Clumps of weeds growing up through the patio can be a real eyesore. Don’t assume that just yanking them up is going to do any good, especially if you can’t get to the roots. There are plenty of weedkillers that you can spray on, leave for a few days, and then come back, able to pull them up with no problem at all. Not only that but many weedkillers prevent them from regrowing nearly as fast as they normally would. Weeds are always going to come back, but if you catch them quickly enough, you can stop them becoming a major issue.

Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.