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Make your Job Easier
If you try and dig up a soil bed that is rock hard then you won’t be doing yourself any favours. If you are going to be doing some serious digging, then set aside a few hours in the day so that you can take your time. It also helps to plan the gardening session when it is quite cool outside. A warm day may seem like the ideal chance to garden, but if you are going to be putting in a great deal of physical effort then you will soon find that it is very easy to exert yourself. If you have to dig up the soil on a hot day, then try and start on the shadier parts. This way, it will be easier on you and it will also make the job less exhausting. Of course, if the soil beds are really hard, then you can water it down. When you do this, leave it for half an hour. This will soften up all of the ground underneath and it will make it easier to dig up or rip weeds out.
If you are going to be dealing with some really big weeds then a garden fork may be required.
You may also need a heavy-duty trowel too. You would be surprised at how easy it is for a trowel to snap when it is put under pressure. If possible, it helps to have one with a metal handle and grip. This way, you don’t have to worry about the trowel itself bending or snapping. If you are going to be dealing with prickly weeds then rubber garden gloves are a real lifesaver. Sure, gardening gloves can be great for the usual weeds, but thorny plants have no problem piercing through the thick material.
You are probably not going to get everything done in a single day. It’s much better to go after one type of weed in one bed rather than to dart around the whole garden. When you do this, you will soon find that it is easier to see the progress you are making, and you also give yourself some direction. When you are pulling out weeds, you have to make sure that you go after the root as well. If you don’t then the plant will grow back time and time again and this is the last thing that you need when you have so much to do.
Think about it, which weeds are blooming? Which ones look like they are going to seed? By prioritising the plants that you have like this, you can then be sure to get them in the most efficient way and you can also make sure that you don’t have an even bigger problem on your hands in a few months’ time. So after you have gotten all of the plants that are going to seed, it’s time to go after the big ones. You would be amazed at how much better your garden will look after doing this. Now’s the time to dig up any trees, shrubs or even any seedlings that you have. Brambles, poison ivy and other similar plants are very invasive and you should take care when you are dealing with them.
Now you have dealt with most of the issues, you then need to think about the plants and crops that you would like to rescue. Dig out the weeds that are left and plant a good level of mulch around them. The garden can also be divided into squares if you want to make things easier on yourself, The squares can then be dealt with one by one.
Laying down some tarp can really stop you from getting in this situation again. You need to cut out holes for the plants that you do want to keep. Anything else can go underneath, and eventually they will die off because they have no sunlight at all. Of course, when choosing your tarp, you want to make sure that it is nice and heavy duty. If you choose something that is thin or weak then it won’t be hard for weeds to find their way through over time. Black is also the best colour of tarp to use, as this will really block out the light and make the whole thing more effective. When putting down your tarp, it’s also a great time for you to put down your mulch and any minerals to the soil itself.
Now you have control of your garden, it’s time to work out which plants you would like to add into your new and improved landscape. When choosing your plants, you need to choose ones that are not too slow growing. If you do then weeds will have no problem overrunning them over time. Plants that grow too fast however can become weeds as well, so finding a nice balance is crucial here. If you are having a hard time choosing some plants then look at the other gardens in your area and get some inspiration from your local park. Synthetic turf is also a great option if you don’t want to worry about your garden becoming overgrown over time and you don’t have to worry about maintaining it either.
There really are many ways for you to take back control of your garden. By following the above tips, you can be sure to really get the best result out of your landscape and you can also feel confident knowing that your house is going to be worth more as a result. Why not get started with your own overgrown garden today?
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