Sharpen your tools. Having finely honed shovels, hoes, and pruning shears will make the tough digging and cutting chores much easier. Consider a new blade for your lawnmower if your current lawnmower blade is old and desperately needs to be sharpened. Rather than spend the money to sharpen an old blade that has seen its better days, you can put the money toward a new blade. Many donít know that a sharp mower blade is the key to having a beautiful, lush lawn. Dull blades tend to tear the grass blades rather than making a clean cut, and this can allow disease to creep in. Then youíll have to spend more money in the long run to correct such a problem. Test the soil. If you are putting in a new lawn or plant bed, or even if you have had previous problems getting things to grow properly, you may want to have some soil testing done. With the results in hand, youíll know exactly what type of fertilizers and/or soil conditioners are needed to keep your yard in top shape.