How To Revive An Unloved Garden

How To Revive An Unloved Garden

Have you moved into a house with a garden that has been left unloved? It can be intimidating to take on a garden that hasn’t been cared for. With overgrown plants, trees that are out of control, or a lawn that is more weeds than grass, it can be hard to know where to start. There are a few things to keep in mind to help you revive an unloved garden. 

field of grass

Be Patient

If you can, try to wait a complete year before you start work on an overgrown garden. You want to see what the garden looks like in all seasons. Take note of which areas get what light, and what grows where. If you wait, something that looked dead at first could burst back into life and turn out to be something worth keeping. You’ll have to be patient and wait. 

Make A List

Watch the garden and make a note of what you like and dislike about it. Start listing the jobs that will need doing. Is there a beautiful tree that you want to save, but will need tree health care services to revive it? Do you hate the patchy lawn, so will need to buy some lawn food? If you know what you want to save and what you want to get rid of, you can make a proper plan. 

Create Space

Clear the area first. With everything cleared, you’ll be able to see what you have to work with. Do this over the winter, as there should be less to clear. Compost any organic matter that you clear so you can use it when you want to plant something new. 

Leave The Trees

Cut back any overgrown hedges and weeds, but hold back on doing anything to trees at first. Trees are very hard to remove completely, as you’ll often be left with a stump that looks worse than the tree did. Trees usually need such a long time to grow and get established that it’s very hard to replace them. Hire a professional to remove the tree completely, including the stump, or try to keep it in the garden. 

Choose Which Plants To Keep

A weed is any plant that you don’t want to keep in your garden. Anything you don’t want can be dug up and removed. Remember that any plants you want to keep can also be moved elsewhere in the garden if you want to keep them but think they’d look better somewhere else. If you move any plants, treat them carefully so they will survive the move and thrive in their new home. Moving plants can be a good save some money on buying new plants for the garden. 

Take It One Step At A Time

If you work in a logical, methodical manner, you’ll find the work easier. Work on one area at a time, and you be able to improve things faster. Make a plan and work to it. Keep in mind where you’ll be making structural changes like decking, raised beds, and sheds.

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