Now that spring has sprung and the longer days are finally with us, most of us are getting out in the garden. From sorting out overgrown hedges to preparing the soil for fresh plants, there’s a lot to do to get your garden summer-ready.
Before you know it, you’re staring at a massive pile of leaves, clippings and domestic waste. A trip to the dump may be the quickest solution for some of your waste, but then there are the more hazardous items.
Not sure where to start? Here are our top 7 tips for removing garden waste:
If you have recently visited your local recycling centre, you may have encountered longer waiting times and far stricter policies than ever before. Unlike home waste, getting rid of garden waste can be a little bit more complicated.
Knowing how to separate your garden waste will make your time at the recycling centre go more smoothly. Try to separate your items as follows:
- Leaves and small twigs
Mixed general waste:
- Plastic bags
- Garden furniture
- Plant pots
Bear in mind that ‘green waste’ costs 50% less per tonne to dispose of compared to general mixed waste. Not only will you be more happily received by the recycling centre’s workforce, but you are doing your bit for the planet too.
Make a compost heap
If you are green-fingered and consider yourself the next Monty Don, then making your own compost heap is a brilliant way of re-using your garden waste. Not only will it make separating waste more simple, but it is the most cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly option available.
To make your free ‘soil-improver,’ your compost will thrive with the following additions:
- Lawn mowings
- Soft hedge clippings
- Annual weeds
- Old bedding plants
- Vegetable peelings – avoid other food waste such as meat or cooked food as this will attract pests
According to Alan Titchmarsh, the best way to build up your compost is by adding various layers. You can add a “little soil or manure (fresh is best) every six inches or so.” As soon as your compost bin is full, cover it with a lid or an old piece of carpet. For best results, leave it for six to twelve months “until the ingredients have rotted down into what looks like fibrous soil.”
Now you have a fine garden compost that hasn’t cost you a penny.
Hire a professional
Getting rid of garden waste is time-consuming. Whether you are looking to clear green waste from branches to cuttings or call in a tree surgeon, there’s a lot to consider. What’s more, multiple trips to your local recycling centre matched with a whole days work out in the yard can take its toll.
That’s where the professionals come in. Regardless of where you live, whether it’s an inner-city London rubbish removals company or a Devon-based garden clearance business, you’re only a phone call away. Not only will they take care of all the waste, but they will also likely offer further services such as landscaping, lawn care, hedge trimming and general maintenance.
Make it quick and easy
While you’re thinking of getting the professionals involved but want to still get stuck in, it may be worth investing in a giant-sized nylon bag – sometimes known as a Hippo. Think of it as a mini-skip that you can pick up from your local garden centre or DIY store.
For big gardening jobs that produce a lot of gardening waste all at once, this is a simple solution that clears your garden quickly.
Once you have filled your bag with as much waste as it can carry, call in the pros to take away your waste. Job done.
Top tip: You can also hire a pressure washing company to help clean the surfaces.
Don’t refuse to re-use!
Removing garden waste may be your highest priority, but have you stopped to think about what can be re-used? Not only are you saving yourself an extra trip to the tip, but in the long run, you’ll be saving yourself some cash in the process.
- Preparing for the BBQ season? Save any branches, twigs, or paper to use for lighting your fire
- Dumpy bags or plastic sacks – great for lining hanging baskets or filling with rubbish for the tip run
- Unwanted plants – make a display outside your house for passing public to take or try and sell them on social media marketplaces
- Unwanted building materials, patio slabs, greenhouse et al. – all can be rehomed like your unwanted plants!
With the rise of online social enterprises and a more eco-minded society, getting rid of your unwanted goods has never been simpler. What’s more – the buyer usually can come and collect!
Remember the tree surgeon
Woodburners, fire pits and stoves are increasingly popular these days. So next time you have a tree cut down or cropped, ask your tree surgeon to cut it up into logs. Some services will offer this at no extra charge, so it’s worth asking.
If you have no use for the logs, you can stack them up in front of your house with a small sign: ‘Logs for Sale” or “Free. Please Help Yourself” depending on your preference. They’ll all be gone before you know it!
Consider burning the waste
Whether you use an incinerator or safely set up a bonfire, burning your garden waste is a simple and effective way to remove it. Unrequired twigs, branches, weeds, lawn cuttings and hedge trimmings can all be burnt. Generally, incinerators are safer to use than a classic bonfire and will often produce far less smoke.
As long as your bonfire doesn’t cause a nuisance to your neighbours, they are perfectly legal and free. Bear in mind that some local authorities may have time restrictions for when you can light a bonfire, so make sure you check out guidelines before you start.
Handy tip: dry waste produces less smoke.
Are you ready to refresh your garden? Now that you are fully armed with money-saving and environmentally friendly garden waste tips, what will you do first?