Have you moved into a new property or just not had enough time to tend to your garden and its now an overgrown mess?
Dealing with a heavily overgrown garden is a daunting task. We have cleared many gardens over the years and they take some serious effort, but the results are well worth it. If your garden is looking like a wilderness and you feel it’s a bit too much for you or just have the right tools to get the job done then get in touch. We offer a full jungle clearance service which you can read more about by clicking here.
For those of you brave enough to tackle the job here’s a few useful tips you may find useful:
One Step at a Time
Don’t try to tackle your garden all at once, you’ll quickly burn yourself out and give up due to tiredness. It doesn’t all have to be done in one weekend. Tackle it section by section, setting small goals that are easily achievable and make you feel like you’re getting somewhere. For example, one day you can tell yourself you’re going to weed a particular section, while the next you could mow an overgrown lawn.
Prune, Prune and Prune Again!
You’re going to have some terribly overgrown bushes, shrubs, trees and other plants that are going to need some good pruning if your garden is going to retain any sense of semblance. Before you get to work tackling this though look for any creepers like ivy or bramble and rip them out. If you can find the source, prune it back to a small plant if you’re planning on keeping it, or rip out all the roots if you’d rather be rid of it.
Start pruning once you can tell which plant is which, there’s no point in pruning if you later find out you’ve been cutting the wrong plant apart. Grab your hedge trimmer and get to work, reshaping them so that they actually look presentable and will grow as a shape instead of being a crazy mess. It’s best to start the pruning period in late winter or early spring, as plants won’t try to repair the wound as rapidly as when they’re in their active period. It’s also far easier to prune when there are no leaves present during the colder months – especially when you’re tackling an overgrown garden jungle – as you can see just how you’re shaping the plant. When you’re tackling trees remove any dead branches first.
What to Keep
Once you’ve pruned and tidied up your garden you need to decide what you want to keep. You could start from scratch or decide on whether or not the things you want to keep are going to remain in the same place. You can still create a new garden design and keep the same plants; you simply have to transplant them with care to other areas of the garden.
Remember that not every plant can be moved with success, and even those that can don’t always take to the new location. In this case it’s best to just plant a new plant and either keeping the old one where it is or discarding it.
Consider Starting A Fresh
If your garden is extremely overgrown than a place to relax with a glass of lemonade it’s best to rip it all out and simply start again. An overgrown garden gives you the perfect opportunity to revamp your garden with a new design, changing the placement of flower beds or even moving your lawn. While this is big work, and will obviously cost you money, it’s a real joy to start with a blank canvas and just work from there.
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