Keeping your yard clean – how I do it


No matter the size of your yard trying to keep it clean can seem like an exercise in futility. It can be surprising how quickly it can start to look unkempt, and I’m not even talking about mowing or edging. Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks that help me keep up with my yard so it doesn’t become a neighborhood eyesore.


One of the first things I’ve learned is to never underestimate the importance of a good rake. Even if there isn’t a tree anywhere near your yard, a rake is still an essential tool to have. Leaves will fall and blow around, and this means that they will eventually end up in your yard. Grass clippings from regular mowings also need to be raked occasionally, even if your lawn mower comes with a bag. Having a good rake handy can make it easy to keep your yard looking clean, and it is definitely better than picking up the debris by hand.


If you have children or even grandkids that stop by frequently it can be hard keeping up with their toys. Balls can always seem to be underneath bushes or lying around in flower beds. The same is usually true for bats, gloves, hula hoops and a variety of other outdoor toys. Constantly yelling at kids to pick up their toys is never fun, but there is an easier way to keep everything neat and tidy. A large storage container can be the perfect solution, and you can find them at an affordable price. Whether you use it with the lid or without, placing it somewhere easy and convenient for kids to get to can make a dramatic difference in the amount of stuff you have to pick up from your yard. You do want to make sure that the container you choose is durable, weatherproof and fits in your available space.


Mowing and edging is also important, and it will make a difference in how your yard looks. A few toys lying around in a neatly mowed and edged yard looks a lot better than if they are in one that is overgrown. There are several types of lawn mowers to choose from, and finding the best one will depend on your budget and size of your yard. The same is also true for edgers, but trust me when I say that purchasing these will be money well spent.