Most of us have at some point had to face an overgrown garden. You might have moved into a new home that has been empty for a while or where the previous owners have left things to grow wild. You might have locked the door at the end of summer, only to find that by next spring everything has gone crazy. Or, you might have just had different priorities. Whatever the reason, an overgrown garden can be daunting. When the bushes have grown out of control, the grass comes up over your knees, and there are more weeds than anything else, it’s hard to know where to start when you decide that it’s time to get things back under control.
But there is never a right time. The longer that you leave it, the worse that it gets. So, whether you want to cut back and create a tidy, but basic garden or want to build the garden of your dreams, all you have to do is begin. But first, read the tips below to learn what you need to know about how to tackle an overgrown garden.
Tackle Your Overgrown Garden With These 6 Easy Tips
1. Don’t do it alone.
The first thing to remember is you don’t have to do it alone. Whether you want family and friends to help you clear rubbish, you have no idea what you want and need help with design, or you want to hand the whole project over to a landscaper, you aren’t alone. You can get landscaping ideas for any property and there’s always plenty of help available.
2. Budget wisely.
Of course, no matter how much you are doing alone, a big project is going to cost money. Start by sitting down and making a plan. Think about how much you’ve got to clear, and how you want your garden to end up, and then create a comprehensive budget before you start work.
3. Clear the rubbish.
Often, overgrown gardens aren’t as bad as you think. Once the rubbish has been cleared, the weeds removed, the lawn mowed, and the dead leaves swept away, it might look a lot less scary, so do this as soon as you can.
4. Salvage what you can.
You might even find that you can salvage more than you thought. You might be able to revive your lawn with some TLC, lawn feed, and weed killer. Fences and decking might just need staining and perennials can be far hardier than you might imagine. Don’t assume the worst until you know what you’ve got to work with.
5. Take your time.
The best thing about gardening is that it’s seasonal. So, there are some plants that you need to get in later in the year or early next year. There’s not much that you can do about that now, so don’t worry about it.
In your garden, there’s no need to do everything all at once. Make a plan, certainly, but don’t try to do everything today. Focus on getting things tidy, and then plant, paint, and otherwise beautify a bit at a time. An overgrown garden is above all a waste of space.
If you have children or pets, it can even be dangerous. Spend some time tidying it up and tackling those weeds. Then, suddenly you have extra space to play, entertain, relax, and enjoy. It’ll even increase the value of your home. If you have any questions or suggestions, we always love to hear from you in the comments below. Also below are links to more fantastic articles about ALL things DESIGN for your home or business.
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