We’re all guilty of it: allowing our gardens to grow out of control, and then tearing out hair out at the prospect of trying to get them back under control again. It’s a task we grit our teeth at the thought of, and probably clear a weekend for, and then proceed to struggle with what to tackle first.
You’re stood there, in your overalls and your gardening gloves, clutching a pair of trimmers, trying to come up with a plan of attack - does it go well for you? Well, with the tips below, there’s a very strong chance it will! So, without further ado, let’s get into some of the best ways to get started on an overgrown garden. Don’t let the task build up in your mind before you have the chance to actually get on with it!
Mow the Lawn First
You’re going to want to tackle the most obvious problem first: the lawn in front of you. It’s the main feature of your garden, and it’s where you have most of the space to relax and spend time with friends and family. And you can’t do that when it’s covered in moss and all kinds of grime, and then bracketed by all kinds of overgrown plants every which way!
So mow the lawn. Get your lawn mower out and trim the grass down as much as possible - it’ll grow back much healthier, and you’ll also be able to see where the problem areas truly lie. And once the lawn is done, you’re going to feel like you’ve actually accomplished something out there!
Then Focus on the Borders
This is where the most hardy of plants will exist. Your hedges and your shrubs, your creeping plants and your trees - all of the biggest growths are going to mainly lie around the borders of your garden. And when it comes down to it, you’re going to leave tackling them to the last minute, aren’t you?
But it doesn’t have to be as hard a task as you first think. After all, there’s plenty of tree removal companies out there, and if you’re ill equipped to handle felling and cutting a tree yourself, leave it to the professionals. This is especially important if you’re in a small garden: you don’t want the tree to fall out of the borders of your own garden and into your neighbors place!
Keep on Pruning
Once you’ve been able to mow the lawn and cut down the biggest, burliest trees, it’s time to keep on pruning. Just keep on cutting back, to make sure you’re getting rid of the unhealthy parts of the plants, and that you can make your way to the roots. Take it section by section if you need to, but grab a hardy pair of secateurs to make the work go easier!
Getting started on an overgrown garden is the hardest part. Take it bit by bit, and tackle the obvious problems first. Then keep going!