Landscaping emphasizes the beauty of your home’s exterior. Whether you have just a few shrubs or a lush jungle growing, landscaping can quickly get out of control. Before you know it, you’ve got a messy-looking property. Get control over your yard with our tips for clearing out overgrown landscaping.
Use the Right Tools
The right tool for the right job always makes life easier. Here’s what you may need to have on hand when clearing out landscaping.
- Pruning shears
- Lawn mower
- Hedge trimmer
- Weed eater or edger
Gather these tools together for your day of landscape cleanup.
When landscaping gets out of control, lines and boundaries start to blur, and we can no longer see where one thing starts and the next begins. Define the edges of your landscaping with edging materials like rocks or mulch. Your weed eater will also be very helpful in trimming right up to the landscaping to define edges.
Trim Back Trees
We all love our trees, but trimming them is a little scary because we don’t want to cause damage. When in doubt, call a professional arborist to help. A professional understands the pruning needs of both young and older trees. Incorrect or aimless pruning can cause damage—to the point where you may need to remove it. That’s quite a loss, considering how long it takes a tree to reach its full growth. Still, trees sometimes get out of control and in the way. Trim them regularly for a lifetime of enjoyment.
Pull Out What You No Longer Want
Take a walk around the yard and decide what’s worth keeping. Are there some bushes or flowers that you find you don’t enjoy maintaining? Or do some no longer bloom or look alive? Pull out the landscaping that no longer serves its purpose, and replace it with something new. Alternatively, consider filling in those spots with mulch, stones, or grass for less maintenance.
After trimming hedges, use a rake to remove months of debris that gets stuck under them.
Trim the Hedges
Using your hedge trimmers, trim hedges into the shape you prefer. If you like yours to look natural, they still often need a little trim here and there to keep them looking clean and groomed. After trimming, use the rake to remove months of debris that gets stuck under the hedges. Leaves, twigs, and other detritus build up over time.
Ask a Professional
If the idea of performing your own landscaping still intimidates you, even with our tips for clearing out overgrown landscaping, remember that you don’t need to go about it on your own. A professional landscaping service can take care of as little or as much as you need. You’ll have peace of mind knowing your yard is healthy, thriving, and looking beautiful.
Landscaping is an important part of our homes, whether it’s simple or elaborate. Allow your landscaping to reflect your personality, just as your home’s interior does, and enjoy getting your hands dirty now and then.