As the year goes on, your yard goes through certain changes. Some of these are for the better. The colorful leaves that come with the fall add a beautiful touch to any landscape.
Some of these changes aren’t so great. Like when the leaves fall to the ground. Somebody has to rake them all up, and it’s not an easy job to tackle.
This is especially true if your gutters are full of them. Even with this annoyance, yard waste disposal doesn’t have to be the worst chore in the world.
There are simple tricks you can use that will allow you clean things up in a single afternoon so you can enjoy the rest of your weekend. Keep reading as we take you through the steps.
Get Rid Of the Small Stuff
Before we get into the heart of debris removal, you need to take care of the small stuff. Tiny branches and rocks will get in the way while you’re trying to clean or worse.
These items tend to get stuck in machinery. When that happens, they may wreck your lawnmower or send pebbles flying at your face.
It will take a little time, but go around your yard and pick up these small obstructions. It will make tackling the rest of your yard much easier (and faster).
Mulch Your Grass
Part of the landscape debris removal process is knowing when something isn’t trash. Your grass falls into this category. Many people bag up their clippings and take them to the dump.
Instead of doing this, use them as mulch for your yard. Since grass is mostly comprised of water, it doesn’t take too long to break down. As it does, it will provide your other plants with the nutrients that they need to thrive.
Your grass isn’t the only thing that you can break down and use as mulch. As long as you have a deck mulcher at your disposal, you can provide for your plants all year.
Getting Rid Of Those Annoying Weeds
Weeds are the most annoying thing you have to deal with when you remove debris from your yard. They can be pretty stubborn if you don’t handle them the right way.
It’s all about the timing. We recommend tackling them when the weather is wet. You can go into your yard with a fork and pluck them like you would if you were eating a bowl of pasta.
Carry a bucket around with you as you pull the weeds. A 5-gallon one should do the trick. You’re only using it to collect weeds so it won’t get too heavy to hold.
When you’re done with your weed collection, dump the bucket in a garbage bag and take it to the dump with the rest of your waste.
Sharpen Your Tools
Dead branches can spread diseases around to your healthy trees and bushes. That’s why pruning is so important. It keeps the plants healthy and stimulates new growth.
As you can imagine, most tree branches are pretty thick. You’re not going to get anywhere if you use dull tools. You’ve got to sharpen your shears and replace any of your rusted equipment.
Not only will it make the job easier, but you’ll get a clean cut that will allow your tree to heal after the pruning process is done.
Rake up the Leaves
If you’re like most homeowners, your yard becomes invaded by leaves during the fall. Cleaning them up can be a tedious task if you allow for it to be.
There are a couple of ways you can save yourself some time. Rake the leaves up into rows instead of piles. This way, you can break the leaves up into manageable sections instead of having to wrestle a huge clump into the trash bag.
If raking is too much work, you can use a leaf blower to create these manageable rows. You can also place your piles onto a tarp and drag it off where it needs to go. No garbage bag needed.
Leaf Blowers Aren’t Only for Leaves
Leaf blowers are a multipurpose tool. You can use them for yard work and cleaning out those messy gutters. It’s way faster to do it this way vs. pulling leaves out by hand.
Make sure that you perform this task before you rake your yard. If you don’t, you’ll have to rake all over again. It was hard enough work the first time.
Use a Tool Belt
Yard work is a huge job. The last thing you want is to make the task take even more time by running back and forth to your garage to grab your tools.
Pick up a cheap tool belt from the hardware store and use it to store your clippers and shears as you jump around from chore to chore.
Pick Up a Log Splitter
If you have fallen trees littering your yard, there are many reasons why you should clean them up. For one, they’re a tripping hazard. For two, they’re ugly to look at.
The problem is chopping logs into firewood takes tons of time. That’s why you should rent a log splitter. It will cost about a hundred dollars to get your hands on one, but you’ll be rid of those pesky trees within an afternoon’s time.
The Secret to Simple Yard Waste Disposal
Are you tired of having a messy lawn? Yard waste disposal isn’t as hard as you may think it is. With only a few tools, you can clear out those pesky leaves and debris.
You can even get your hands on some cheap mulch if you play your cards right and save your lawn clippings. So what are you waiting for? The sooner you get to work, the sooner you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy your weekend.
Looking for more ways to get your lawn neat and debris-free? Check out the Home and Garden section of our blog for all the latest tips and tricks.