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How to Clear an Overgrown Garden



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When considering how to clear your overgrown garden, yard or plot, you will need to plan out exactly which gardening tasks you can manage yourself and which you will need to contract out. Some gardeners are strong, hale and hearty and have lots of equipment. For others, they may have health issues or find the cost of hiring garden equipment prohibitive. So, it helps to make a list, and to plan out what gardening objectives you want to accomplish.


The best time of year to plan your garden clearance project is during the period from winter to spring. You will have all the time to plan your landscape gardening project safely indoors from the grey dank weather outside. It is also a quiet time to book rubbish removal skips and landscape garden contractors for after your big project is clear and ready to go.


Most trees and many shrubs are bare of their heavy, thick foliage at this time of year, or in early spring, so you can get a better view down the garden and the branches and boughs are more manageable. Brambles are easier to handle too, although ivy is a pain all year round!


Make a Garden Clearance list of things/services you will need such as a skip and smaller items such as shears, hedge-trimmer, spade, pruning saw, loppers, wheelbarrow, kneeling mat and shredder. Health and safety equipment is important too so add in gloves, protective clothing, goggles and ear defenders

You may also require hedge-trimmers, a chainsaw or even a rotovator or mini-digger - these can be hired but are not cheap.


When you have everything to hand or booked out, start to clear your overgrown garden of rubbish using a wheelbarrow and boards to ferry waste to the skip, bonfire or shredder area.

Then, cut  back any unwanted dead, dying, overgrown or neglected tree foliage or shrubs. Bush trees and free standing fruiting trees or bush trees like orchard trees should be pruned when in winter as they're dormant then. But any trees that have been trained like espaliers, peaches, fan-trained specimens or cordons are better pruned in August and September. Trees that have become elderly and neglected trees can be very strong growers still and can get too large, with the fruit out of reach. You can re-juvenate them across two to three years if you by cut out all the dying, dead or diseased ridden wood along with some main branches to let more light in. You can also shorten some to side branches and thin any over-crowded spurs which will stimulate new shoots.

Don't forget to rip out any unwanted ivy and brambles, taking as much root as you can. Do not compost.

To give a nice finish to clearing your overgrown garden, rotovate lumpy, brown, weedy old lawns and either re-seed or order turf. Put down new topsoil or organic matter first. Then sieve and level.

Order your pretty new plants for your newly cleared overgrown garden.

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