No matter the season, yard maintenance and cleaning are essential to ensure that your garden remains pristine all year round. In order to accomplish this, we have compiled a list of expert tips on how to maintain your yard in a time efficient and cost-effective way. We will be listing a couple of the top leaf blowers here in this list which should further assist in garden cleaning and maintenance.
Now then, let's get do it to it.
1.Bring the Appropriate Gardening Tools
It is vital that you come prepared before you plan on working/cleaning your yard. Not only will having all the necessary tool on hand make the job a whole lot easier, but it will also help prevent any accidents or injuries that might occur.
The gardening glove is the primary safety accessory you should bring. As you will be working on dirt and debris, it is best to have your mitts well protected throughout the process. For additional safety and comfort, it is also advisable to apply lotion for slipping the gloves on.
Now, if you want to go about your garden cleaning without a hitch, it is crucial to bring the right tools for the job. For example, if you need to trim the hedge, you need some well-maintained and sharp hand pruners. For cutting the branches on the three, you will need a ladder, and a tree saw.
You should also bring a wheelbarrow for carrying more cumbersome tools or for moving debris, mulch, and compost.
Power tools such as lawn mowers and leaf blowers might also be needed depending on the size of your yard. Some of the top leaf blowers listed here include Black+Decker Electric Leaf Blower (lightweight option) and the DEWALT DCBL720P1 XR Brushless Blower.
2.Check Around the Yard Before Starting The Clean Up
Before you bring out your lawn mower or pull out the leaf blower, it is best first to do a quick recon of the yard. This is to make sure that there are no loose rocks or large debris that can get tangled in with your power tool.
The last thing you want is for debris and rocks to become dangerous projectiles when they get caught in your lawn mower or leaf blower. Remember, safety first and foremost.
3.Trimming the Areas with Tall Grass
An overgrown yard is not only unattractive, but it can also lead to wild animals (sometimes even dangerous ones) into moving in within the thick foliage. There are a couple of ways to trim overgrown areas on your yard effectively other than by hand. Using a line trimmer is the most efficient way to trim tall grass in a matter of minutes.
For those who do not own a line trimmer, it is easy to find one for rent. Or you can hire a professional to do the trimming for you. However, if you're the property that needs trimming is located on a slope, then it is best to leave it to a professional. A nifty little alternative is to ask a goat breeder to bring their herd for a lovely buffet on your yard.
4. Focus on Removing Large Debris and Waste First
Remove large rocks, branches, debris, waste, and trash first and foremost. This should allow you to smoothly go over the yard with your power tools later on. Don't lump all the debris and waste you find together in one pile though.
Always segregate the debris and waste that you collect on your yard. Separate the recyclable materials from compost and garbage waste. Place the separated piles into different trash bags for easier collection later on.
5. Preventing Weeds from Cropping Up
Weed can be extremely problematic once they appear on your yard. Rooting them out of the ground is not enough as it only takes one little seedling to start the spread all over again. To increase the chances of completely removing weed, you need to follow these steps:
Use a weeder and rake to pull out both large and small weeds off the ground.
Spray weed preventer over the soil as indicated on the instruction. Avoid spreading weed control nearby edible plants, instead remove the weeds found there by hand.
Add an even amount mulch to the soil as it can help prevent weeds from taking root. Mulch can also assist in improving insulation given to the plants.
Planting cover crop like clover and buckwheat will help in preventing weeds from growing as it blocks most sunlight from reaching the soil. Cut off its source of energy, and you can effectively prevent grass from growing. A cover crop can also help improve the soil's integrity by mitigating erosion and developing better quality soil.
Follow the essential tips above to lower the risk of weed infestation in your yard or garden.
6.Mowing the Lawn
Using a lawn mower can significantly reduce the time it takes to trim the grass on your yard. However, before you use this heavy-duty gardening power tool, it is best to do a quick check up first. The blade must be as sharp as possible to ensure even grass cutting. If it is dull, you can either sharpen it with a sharpening stone or buy a replacement blade.
Adjust the blade height to make sure that you leave the grass at 2.5 to 3-inches in height. This is the sweet spot that can help prevent weed infestation as well. As for the grass clippings, you can leave those on the yard if you wish and have it act as mulch for the soil.
7.Dig a Compost Pit
In some cases, you won't need to buy fertilizer to improve the quality of your soil as you already have all the ingredients need to make one. A compost pit is one of the most practical ways to develop healthy soil in your yard.
Take plant debris, vegetable and fruit remains, and even branches and place them all inside a hole. Use a shovel to manually grind and mix the compost and add the topsoil and pour some water to make the compost pit moist. After a couple of days, you have a rich fertilizer ready for your plants. You can refill the compost pit every week as well as long as you have the materials to spare.
As you can see, there are several ways to go about cleaning your garden or yard. You can even recycle plant matter and place them inside a compost pit to become fertilizer. As for cleaning dead leaves, you can check the top leaf blowers listed here in this article to narrow down your list of choices.
Sarah Eberle qualified and became a member of the Landscape Institute in 1980. Over the last 26 years she has practised landscape architecture and garden design, running her own business in Devon.
During the 1990s, Sarah joined Hillier Landscapes as Design Director, where she is still a shareholder but also runs her own practice in Hampshire.
Sarah has an esteemed record in RHS shows, having won eight Gold medals, Best in Show and the George Cook award for innovation twice at Hampton Court. Sarah has also exhibited at Tatton Park and BBC Gardeners’ World Live.