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Getting a head start on the summer – garden clearance

imageIt’s that time of the year again when you look out your back window and realise that the garden has seen better days – overgrown shrubs, out of control trees and garden beds in need of some serious attention. If this is sounding familiar it’s time to put some spring in your garden’s steps with some garden clearance!

Firstly, get organised and hire a skip – that way you don’t have to worry about making several trips in the car to the dump. It’s easier to have a skip dropped off, you can fill it and then all your waste will be picked up and removed once you’ve finished. Look at our Guide to hiring a skip.

Trees

Deal with the overgrown branches and long grass surrounding the base of the trees. There may also be significant leaf debris depending on what tree it is, so use a rake. Trim the branches that are looking unhealthy or dead in order to encourage new growth.

Hedges

After being left all winter the hedges will require a healthy trim. Always start at the bottom and work your way up when pruning a hedge, and make sure the top of the hedge is even. Rake up all the trimmings and add to your skip.

Garden beds

Check the soil in your garden beds to make sure it’s still in good condition to grow plants in. If not then look at re-soiling or fertiliser, removing any dead plants or debris beforehand. For plants that are still alive but a little unhealthy then plant them in a smaller pot and nurture them indoors until they come back to life.

Shed

Our trusted garden shed usually becomes the dumping ground for all sorts of items, so it’s best to take everything out and start from scratch, identifying all the broken items such as garden furniture or broken garden utensils, and putting them in the skip.

Once this spring clearing of your garden is done, you can sit back and enjoy the summer!

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