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Advice for effective yard clean ups
For all the relaxation and joy they offer, gardens produce a lot of work to be done.
Chances are you’ve invested a lot in your landscape and you don’t want it to look shabby or uncared for. A serious clean up once in a while will breathe fresh air in your garden.
Regardless of the season, a garden will always need cleaning up.
That’s why we’ll equip you with some tips and advice on how to make the best of yard clean ups.
1. DIVIDE THE WORK TO BE DONE
No captain sets sail without a map and a plan. Planning is often overlooked and deemed as boring. That might indeed be the case but a careful plan can go a long way.
Set chunks of achievable chores that you’re sure you can complete within the given time period. Don’t bite more than you can chew or plan less than what you’re capable of. If you try to do too much at once, complications will sprout up and you will lose time, energy and motivation.
If you do too little, you’ll drag on the work for too long and that’ll hurt your motivation. So, set challenging but realistic goals and plan ahead everything that needs to be done. With the right plan, you’ll be able to tackle all chores and complications that might arise along the way.
Take a walk around your garden armed with pen and paper and start writing down all the tasks that need to be completed. Jobs like tree trimming, yard blowing, yard trimming etc.
When the list is ready, categorize the items in ways that don’t conflict with each-other. With that done, you can get to work.
2. HEALTH COMES FIRST
Always take caution when cleaning up plants and bushes.
Wildlife has wonderful ways of settling in vegetation. Always wear gloves when pruning or taking care of plants. Watch out for insects that can sting you, like bees, wasps and sometimes even spiders or scorpions.
Keep in mind that having a pool or other bodies of water is particularly alluring in hot climates like those in here in Henderson, Nevada.
You should also keep in mind to not come into direct contact with substances you’re not familiar with, if such substances are found. Although these can be rare occasions it’s better to be safe than sorry!
3. WEEDS, WEEDS, WEEDS
There is, perhaps, nothing more frustrating that seeing your garden getting slowly infested by nasty weeds.
At times they almost seem like they’re trying to crawl from the ground up. Remove weeds while the soil is still wet after the rain, or if you’re in a dry season, water well and later uproot them.
If done at the right times, this will save you considerable effort in the future. Weeds are one of those problems that only get tougher with time.
4. PRUNE, TRIM AND MOW
A lot of the landscaping effort is concerned with eliminating the unnecessary.
We always get what we want by getting rid of what we don’t want. So sharpen your tools and get to work. Remove those broken or diseased branches.
Mow the grass.
Trim any over-grown bushes or shrubs. When you’re done, you can feel how fresh and neat everything looks.
It’s just like the feeling we get the first few minutes after an overdue haircut. Light, pleasant and renewed.
5. MAINTAIN EQUIPMENT
Speaking of gardening tools, it’s always good to keep an eye on them.
If you use them frequently, you might find that some maintenance every now and then can really make your work in the garden more effective and pleasant.
No one wants to go through the frustration of working with rusted, dull tools. So give them a good cleaning, a good sharpening and a good oiling.
6. WASH PATIO AND OTHER FURNITURE
Outdoor furniture is constantly getting beat down by the elements and they need your attention if they’re to survive longer and better. Wipe down surfaces with a wet cloth.
It helps if you add some sort of soap to make the cleaning even more effective. Some kinds of wood are particularly susceptive to temperature changes that are common in our climate. That makes them crack and get damaged in the long run.
You can avoid that by oiling it up and then hosing it off when done. You can also try to vacuum clean tough spots that accumulate dirt and other small pieces.
If you have any hard surfaces like walkways, give them a good wash as well.
If you want that striking green lush you’ve always desired, then it’s time to fertilize your lawn.
By fertilizing regularly, you not only make the grass and plants stronger and more colorful, but you also keep at bay undesired plants like weeds.
So pick up a good fertilizer and give your lawn a well-deserved nutrition. You should also keep in mind that the fertilizer should be of the right kind for your soil. It’s important to apply fertilizer at the right rate.
If you put too much you risk adverse effects that will only complicate your life. Read the labels well and consult a specialist.
8. CHECK FOR LEAKS AND OTHER ISSUES
You always need to keep an eye on possible leaks and springs.
A leaky pipe can lead to pools of water and wash away nutrients while leaving other areas to dry. Also keep an eye on hoses and other equipment to see if they need replacement or not.
Yard clean ups are definitely no walk in the park.
They take careful planning, effort and care to succeed. From the uprooting of weeds, to trimming and equipment maintenance, from washing to checking for leaks, it is a challenging journey.
But a journey which will get you the garden you’ve always desired.
A good clean-up will not only rejuvenate and refresh the nature around you, but yourself as well. A well maintained garden is a sign of responsibility and dedication.
We hope these tips will help you achieve a clean and respectable garden.
Don’t forget, if you ever need any assistance whatsoever, feel free to call us. We’re always glad to hear from you.