For many of us, our gardens are a source of pride – but more than this, it is our own personal, private space where we can relax, lounge around, and spend an hour (or three!) at the beginning or end of the day. But we can all agree that tending our gardens can be daunting, especially if we have a lot of plants and trees or our garden is massive! But if you would like to give your garden an overhaul – which includes cleaning and decluttering it – this can be a challenging undertaking that can produce a lot of waste. But there are ways to deal with this waste, so here’s how you can effectively – and efficiently – remove waste from your garden when doing a garden makeover.
Composting is really the most efficient way of managing your garden waste. It involves decomposing the organic waste into nutrient-rich soil (that you can use as a natural fertiliser for your plants!). All you need is a compost bin or heap, and you’re good to go. You can add grass clippings, leaves, vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and other kitchen refuse or organic waste to the compost bin. The microorganisms present will then break down the waste and turn it into compost over time, and when the compost is ready, you can even use it to enrich the soil.
Mulching is another effective option when it comes to managing waste in your garden. It involves spreading a layer of organic material on the surface of the soil surrounding the plants. This layer helps retain the soil’s moisture, and it even suppresses the growth of weeds and provides nutrients to the plants. You can use grass clippings, twigs, and leaves as mulch. Mulch can also keep the temperature of the soil steady in the hot summer.
Recycling is definitely a great way to manage your garden waste, especially waste that cannot be mulched or composted. Garden waste can also include metal stakes, plastic pots, and broken pots or garden tools. Rather than throw them away, you can collect them in a skip and have them recycled, according to to skip hire providers like Valleytrading.co.uk. Many councils even offer recycling programmes that collect garden waste, so check with your council to see if they offer such services.
Reusing garden waste is another solution. For instance, you can use fallen leaves to make leaf mould. Leaf mould is made by shredding and storing leaves in a bag for about a year. It can then be used as a mulch or conditioner for the soil. You can also use branches and twigs to create a natural trellis or fence for your climbing plants.
Yet another way to reduce waste in your garden – and help others, too – is to donate. You can, for instance, donate excess seeds, bulbs, and plants to schools or community gardens, and it’s helpful in another way – it not only helps reduce waste but also encourages others to get into gardening.
Remember: burning garden waste should be avoided as much as possible as it releases harmful pollutants into the air and can be dangerous if not done correctly. However, in some areas, burning may be the only option. If you must burn garden waste, confirm with your local council first. Also, follow all safety precautions and guidelines.