Wouldn't it be great if you could simplify every aspect of your life while saving money, saving time and increasing productivity? Or if you couldn't do all of those at the same time, wouldn't it be nice if you could at least do one or two? Well, that's where cool life hacks come in. There hacks for just about everything, including landscaping. From helping you to use fewer toxic chemicals to spending less time in the garden, here are just a few of them:

1. Use Newspaper to Eliminate Weeds. 

Don't you hate it when you spend so much time perfecting your garden only to see tiny little weeds popping up out of the bed? It's so aggravating. So, you spend a ton of money on harmful chemicals or splurge on weed-blocking cloth. Luckily, you don't have to do either of those any longer. Instead, all you need to do is start saving your morning newspapers so that you can spread the paper out in the garden where the weeds are giving you the most trouble or in the area that you plan to begin a new bed. Then, place the dirt, grass clippings, mulch, etc. on top of the newspaper to ensure it stays in place.

2. Make Your Own Liquid Weed Killer

If you aren't too keen on using newspaper, whip up your own liquid concoction to kill weeds. All it takes is three items that you likely have in your kitchen: vinegar, salt and dishwashing soap. Use one gallon of vinegar and one cup of salt and add it into a bucket. Stir until the salt has completely dissolved. Now, add one tablespoon of soap and stir well. Add into a spray bottle and take it out to your garden.

3. Eliminate Mower Clogs with Cooking Spray.

If you are tired of grass clippings clogging up your mower blades, you may want to pull the cooking spray from your kitchen and spray it on them. This will lubricate the blades so that the clippings slide right off. Then, you can use them in your compost pile or something else entirely.

4. Create a Drip Irrigation System with a Plastic Bottle and a Sock.

One of the most important things in any garden is keeping your plants properly hydrated. This is especially true during the dog days of summer. Unfortunately, this often seems like a full-time job, and you already have one. To ensure your plants are getting the right amount of water even when you're not around to provide it to them, you need a drip irrigation system. To make your own, you will need a sock that lost its match and a plastic bottle. First, you will need to puncture holes into the sides of the bottle. Next, stuff the sock inside. The sock is there to absorb, retain and distribute the water. Dig a hole in the garden bed near the plants you need to water and ensure that you allow easy access to the top of the bottle. Fill with water when you're ready. 

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Bill and Dave's Landscape Maintenance.