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How to Tidy an Overgrown Garden

How to Tidy an Overgrown Garden

how to tidy an overgrown garden

Want to reclaim your garden from the wild? Follow our straightforward guide on how to tidy an overgrown garden and what to do with garden waste. Whether it’s a jungle of weeds or tangled shrubs, we’ve got you covered.


Tools for a garden clean-up

The big garden tidy

Maintaining a garden

What can you put in a green waste skip?

How to correctly fill a green waste skip

Green waste solutions Adelaide

Tools for a garden clean-up

Depending on the work required you may not need all of the items on the list below – this just gives you a starting point so you are ready to begin!

  • Gloves, appropriate clothing and eye and ear protection
  • Chainsaw
  • Whipper snipper
  • Mower
  • Rake
  • Hoe
  • Pruning Shears
  • Hedge trimmer
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Green waste bin

The big garden tidy-up

Follow these steps to tidy up an overgrown garden or ready it for future landscaping. Although it may seem overwhelming, with the right tools and waste management organised in advance you will get through it in no time – and you might even enjoy the satisfying nature of garden work while you are at it.

1. Identifying the mess

To begin, assess the extent of the garden overgrowth. Identify areas with dense vegetation, piles of leaves, or neglected corners. Understanding the scope of work will help you plan efficiently and enable you to decide on the size of green waste skip bin you need to hire for the job.

2. Pruning overgrowth

Trim back overgrown plants and shrubs to restore shape and control growth.

3. Tackling weeds

Next, address the weed situation. Pull out weeds by hand or use a garden tool like a hoe or rake for larger areas. Be thorough to prevent regrowth.

4. Clearing garden waste

Start by removing any large debris such as fallen branches or old pots. Use a sturdy pair of gloves and a rake to gather leaves and twigs.

5. Removing waste

You will want a clean slate when you start a backyard landscaping project, so make sure your green waste is removed ahead of the next big job.

What can you put in a green waste skip?

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Branches
  • Wood chips
  • Bark
  • Other organic waste material

There are some types of waste that cannot be placed in a green waste skip bin, though they can be placed in other sorts of skips such as those for general waste, brick and concrete skips, sand, dirt and soil skips and mixed waste. Make sure you get the right one for what you need to dispose of.

How to correctly fill a green waste skip

When filling your garden waste skip bin, be sure that you are following the appropriate skip bin requirements. Ensure you only fill your green waste bin up to the rim and that branches are not protruding over the sides.

Maintaining a garden

Regular maintenance will help keep growth in check, stay on top of the work by factoring in regular garden clean-ups into your schedule.

Consider mulching your garden beds to stop weeds from growing through and to promote soil quality or topsoil your lawn to even out the growth.

Good luck gardening and check out our blog for more garden tips.

Green waste solutions local to Adelaide

Order a green waste skip bin in Adelaide today from Just Skips. Choose from three different skip bin sizes, starting at 4 cubic metres. We are South Australia’s favourite skip bin hire company with competitive pricing and excellent customer service.

Book online to organise your green waste bin hire today, with same-day delivery in Adelaide and surrounding suburbs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I maximise space in my garden?

A garden clean-up is a good solution to give the impression of more space, trim hedges or tree branches or consider removing or relocating garden beds.

How do you set up a low-maintenance garden?

1. Create an outdoor living area

2. Lose the lawn (and the constant work involved in maintaining it).

3. Limit planting space

4. Choose plants well-suited to your climate

5. Swap a flower border for low growing hardy water efficient shrubs

What is the most low-maintenance landscaping?

Native Plants. Some of the most resilient, easy-to-grow and water-efficient plants are those that originated locally. Local native plants require little attention and rarely succumb to harsh weather patterns due to having natural defences against local pests.

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