Getting The Better Of An Overgrown Garden
The garden was one of the reasons I fell in love with my house. The thought of chilling in it during the summer, laying on a blanket, book in one hand, glass of something cold in the other. However, one of the unfortunate realities of living with a garden is that it does require regular active maintenance.
Whether it has been a while since you last touched your garden or just moved into one that clearly hasn’t seen some care in years, you need to take care of it. Aside from being an eyesore, overgrown gardens can be rife with all manner of problems for you and your family. Here’s how to get on top of them.
Helping a lawn get healthy again
Overgrown, mossy, and otherwise unhealthy grass can lead to a ton of problems, whether it serves as home to pests that can get into those home, or you could start losing the grass entirely, leading to patches of unsightly dirt. Lawn health specialists can help you find out what the problem is, whether you need to balance out the pH levels of the soil or you need to install some garden irrigation to make sure that it’s able to effectively keep the moisture levels of the soil down.
Working it out with the weeds
Any garden that is left untended for too long is going to get overrun with weeds. Not only will this get rid of that neat and tidy lawn look, but those weeds can also spread to other plants, such as flowers, hedges, and trees, sucking the life out of them. The best way to deal with weeds is to take the manual approach, digging them up at the roots. However, there are plenty of weedkiller options you can use to erase them, too. Just make sure children and pets aren’t playing the grass after you use it for at least a day.
Mind your trees, too
Overgrown trees can be a severe danger. Branches that get too heavy can and will fall, which can lead to injuries. Otherwise, they can grow to touch your home, making an easy path for pests, the roots can get into your drains, or they can grow and be in danger of touching power lines. Tree surgeons are equipped to help you give your trees the care they need. It’s important to rely on professionals as trimming trees a little too much can actually end up harming their health.
Mind your surfaces
As well as lawns, plants, and trees, there are also going to be exterior decor features, walkways, patios, and so on that need maintenance. Over time, these surfaces can tend to collect the grime and grease of organic matter that any garden creates. Some surfaces can become especially slippy from this, making your garden more dangerous due to slips, trips, and falls, and certainly not suitable for children who might want to play there. However, even the most stubborn of grime can come away pretty easily with the help of a pressure washer.
The longer you leave a garden overgrown, the more work it’s going to take to whip it back into shape. Do yourself a favour and get the ball rolling now to enjoy your garden in the future.