The Ultimate Garden Clearance Guide
Whether you have just done a big refresh to your garden, or you just need to clear out some of the unwanted plants and weeds, doing a garden clearance can make a big difference to the look and feel of your outside space.
It can literally give you more room to move and can make a once untidy garden look like new. But for most gardeners, garden waste removal is the least fun part of their hobby. So how can you make it a less stressful experience?
In our blog we offer up our ultimate guide to garden clearance, to make sure your garden always looks its best with a few simple steps.
Decide what is being thrown out
With some garden waste, you instantly know it needs to be chucked and, and pronto. For example, if you’ve just had a new wall or water feature installed you might need builders waste clearance. Obviously, you want to get rid of that as soon as possible.
However, some old plants will actually come in handy in your future gardening endeavours and you might want to store these or compost them for future use rather than throwing them away.
Step one, therefore, is to determine exactly what is going in the garden waste clearance pile, and what you are going to keep. This means that when the time comes for rubbish removal it can be quick and simple. In fact, you might even want to designate an area of your garden for all future garden waste collection so that you don’t have to sort through it every time.
Break down waste as much as possible
One of the most annoying things about garden waste collection is that the waste is always quite bulky and difficult to move or store. Things like large branches, heavy compost and brickwork can make it hard to fit even reasonable amounts of waste into standard rubbish disposal bags.
It, therefore, makes sense to break this down as much as you possibly can. Snap those twigs, jump up and down on bulky plants, smash up wooden panels and things like that. Basically do anything you can to make big rubbish into smaller rubbish, as this will make the waste disposal far easier.
Decide how to rid yourself of waste
There are plenty of options when it comes to garden rubbish disposal. You can do it yourself by taking your waste to a local recycling centre (though do check if garden waste is permitted as it’s not allowed everywhere). Alternatively, you could hire a skip and use this as a depository for your garden waste. This is handy if you are working on an ongoing garden project that will generate regular waste as it means you will have somewhere to store your waste out of the way of the garden, leaving you space to work on your landscaping project.
Another option is to hire a specialist garden waste disposal service, where a team will come and take it all away for you. This method obviously saves a great deal of hassle and hard work on your part and is ideal if you’ve got a build-up of waste already that you just want to make disappear.
Sell what you can
Don’t forget the old saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. Think about it – just because you don’t want something in your garden doesn’t mean that someone else won’t. And don’t just think about obvious things like old garden furniture, people will buy or take away all sorts of things for their own projects. This could include logs, fencing, even broken tiles, and bricks. Some of this you will be able to sell for a fair price, while other bits and pieces will just be a case of someone coming to collect it from you and taking it off your hands. Either way, it can be a cheaper option than disposing of the waste via the usual means, and could even earn you a few bobs too.
Recycle, recycle, recycle
As a gardening fan, odds are you are already thinking of ways to reduce your impact on the planet, and when it comes to garden waste clearance, there is plenty of opportunities to recycle and reuse what you have. A large amount of organic garden waste can be added to composting piles, which not only reduces waste going to landfills or recycling centres but also means you have extra compost for future gardening projects.
Other ways of recycling include coming up with inventive ways of reusing old materials. Perhaps an old fence will now make a great border for your new vegetable patch, or perhaps you could use discarded bricks to create a rockery or a waterfall in your garden.
Wherever you can it’s always best to see what you can reuse, before you spend any time money or energy disposing of garden waste unnecessarily.