From cluttered to calm. How to declutter your garden!

Lots of us embraced the decluttering trend for our homes, but it doesn’t have to be an indoor thing! If your garden feels a bit too jungle-like, a bit of decluttering can transform it from a wild, overgrown space into a place where you can relax.

March 11, 2024

Plan, plan, plan!

  • Imagine how you’d like your garden to look. Do you see winding pathways, a vegetable patch, or perhaps a cosy corner for reading? Sketching a rough outline can help you decide what stays, what goes, and where you might want to add new features.

  • Are there plants that are too big for their current spot, or perhaps some that aren’t thriving? Consider moving plants to more suitable locations or donating them to make room. This is also a great time to introduce new plants that suit your vision for the space.

Start with a bit of a clean-up:
  • Get rid of old or broken garden furniture

  • Refill or recycle old unused pots and containers

  • Put away out of season items

  • Get rid of unused garden tools

  • Sell or give away outgrown kids play equipment

Start small

Just as you would with indoor decluttering, begin with a small, manageable area. This could be a single flower bed or a corner of your garden. Completing a smaller section gives you a sense of achievement and motivates you to tackle the rest.

Clear out the weeds

Weeds are the uninvited guests of the garden world, taking up valuable space and nutrients. They can quickly take over an untended garden, competing with your plants for nutrients and sunlight. Arm yourself with a good pair of gloves and a weeding tool and start clearing them out. Make sure to get the roots so they won’t grow back. Chemical free weed control

Prune overgrown plants

Overgrown plants and trees can make your garden feel cluttered. Pruning not only tidies their appearance but also promotes healthy growth. Focus on removing dead or diseased branches first, then shape the plants. Remember it’s like giving your plants a haircut - be careful not to overdo it – and the best time to prune most plants is during their dormant season. Trees to avoid in a small garden

Redefine edges

Overgrown gardens often lose their shape. Redefine the edges of your lawn, flower beds, and pathways. Use a sharp spade or an edging tool to create clean lines. This instantly lifts the appearance of your garden, making it look neat and well-maintained.

Mulch, mulch, mulch!

Applying mulch is a fantastic way to reduce weeds and keep your soil moist. After weeding and pruning, apply a thick layer of mulch around your plants and trees. It suppresses weeds, retains moisture, and adds a polished look to your garden. Choose a natural mulch that complements your garden’s style. As it breaks down, it will also enrich your soil, making your plants happier and healthier.

Tackle the lawn

An overgrown lawn can overshadow the rest of your garden. Mow the lawn at a high setting first to avoid stressing the grass, gradually lowering the cutting height over subsequent mowings. Edge along paths and flower beds for a neat finish.

Finishing touches

Once the heavy lifting is done, add a few personal touches. If you want to invite birds into your garden, add a bird bath; or a new bench can add character and charm. Pathway lights or solar lanterns will light up the beauty of your garden at night.

Maintain regularly

Finally, set aside a little time each week for garden maintenance. It’s much easier to manage when you stay on top of it, and it gives you more time to enjoy the beauty of your outdoor space.

Remember, decluttering your garden is a journey, not a race. Take it step by step, and soon you’ll have a space that reflects your personal style and is a joy to spend time in. Happy gardening!

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