Cleaning up your backyard will make it safe, attractive, and healthy for you and other members of your family. Although yard cleaning will take a considerable amount of time depending on the size and amount of waste and debris, it can be a very rewarding process. The following steps will make the task easier and faster.
1. Clear Tall Grasses
If your yard is overgrown with weeds, you have to cut all the grasses and small plants. One of the best ways to do this is to use a line trimmer. If you don’t have one, you can rent one that uses either gasoline or electricity. You may also ask a goat breeder to bring a herd of goats to clear the grasses in less than 24 hours. This is a greener alternative and it is safer when your yard is on a slope.
2. Take out the large waste
Focus on taking out large waste and debris first. Remove boulders, rocks, tree branches, old soda cans, plastic bottles, candy and sweet wrappers dropped by children in the neighbourhood. Try to do a clean sweep by beginning at one end and moving gradually to the other end. Hull these items away with a wheelbarrow. Create three piles for your waste: a pile for compost, one for recycling and the other for absolute disposal or garbage.
Pack the garbage and recyclable items into trash bags and preserve them in a safe place till your garbage collector comes. One of the best places to keep your garbage and recyclable items is inside a garden shed. You can find tips for buying a new shed here. Use your rocks to make an attractive border for landscaping.
3. Trim shrubs and overgrown trees
Next, you should cut down branches from overgrown trees and shrubs. To trim larger branches, use a portable chainsaw while smaller branches may be cut with a tree shear. You can also use shears or electric clippers to trim overgrown hedges. After trimming the shrubs, use a rake to remove debris and dead leaves under them. This is important because dead leaves will invite bacteria and mould, which could increase the risk of infection on the shrubs.
4. Mow the lawn
Take out your lawn mower and sharpen the blades so they deliver a very clean cut. Dull blades should not be used to trim your lawn because they can damage it and make the surface uneven. Adjust the blade height so that it can cut the grass to about 2.5 to 3 inches. You may feel that it will require frequent mowing but maintaining the grass at this height will stop weed intrusion and promote the growth of healthy roots. You may leave the grass clippings on the lawn or use them to create mulch in your vegetable garden.
5. Make a composite pile
You can create rich soil to fertilise your garden by putting all the plant matter you gather into a compost pit. Cut or break large sticks and branches into smaller pieces. Use a shovel to add topsoil to the materials you have put in the compost pile. Mix all the contents thoroughly and add water to make it moist. You can add more yard waste to the compost weekly. Then use it to fertilise your garden plants.
These simple steps will help you to clear your yard quickly and easily without spending a lot of money to hire a professional. From clearing the grasses to using the plant material for composting, you will have a rewarding experience.