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Do you have any good tips for making yard clean-up easier? 5 Tips Inside!

Posted by on Apr. 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM
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5 Tips for Cleaning Up Your Hot Mess of a Backyard

by Sunny Chanel

backyardI don't know about you, but I have completely and totally ignored my backyard for the last four or five months. I believe I stepped back there just once during the winter, and that was just to see if it was a raccoon I was hearing or an intruder. Needless to say, my lonely backyard is one huge, hot mess.

But now, spring has sprung! It's time to face my fears and tackle the jungle that has grown in the back of my house. For inspiration, I have put together 5 tips on how to clean up our crazy yards so we can actually do fun outdoorsy things with our families now that it's warm out.

1) Be Prepared

Make sure you have everything you need to start your project. A few musts: gardening gloves, big yard trash bags, fertilizer, sunscreen, clippers, and shears. Too many projects have been stopped early at our house because we didn't have the right supplies. This way, you'll have no excuse but to go for it.

2) Plan of Attack

Very crucial because the following scenario has happened to me more times than I'd like: I have to wrangle with a big mess out there and I just stare at it, paralyzed, not knowing where to start. For a major project like a yard clean-up, it's advisable to make a list of what to do first so you don't give up before you even begin.

3) Weed

This may not be the most fun part of the project, but it has to be done. Get your kids involved and perhaps give them an incentive -- like for every bag of weeds they pull, they get a dollar.

4) Fertilize

After the winter, your plants and lawn will be starving for some nutrients. Now is the time to give them a nice dose of fertilizer to make sure they grow healthy and strong.

5) Hire Someone

Perhaps you are too busy to do any or all of the above. You know what you can do? Outsource it! If you don't already have a gardener on speed dial, just ask your friends or neighbors for recommendations. And if you can afford it, it's a great option. Then you can sit back and smell the roses -- that is if the roses survived being neglected all winter!

Do you have any good tips for making yard clean-up easier?

by on Apr. 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM
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iamcafemom83
by Mariah on Apr. 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM
I was going to say--pay someone to do it!!
$50 a month gets our huge yard cut, blown, edged, etc and it takes the crew half an hour.
If we did it, it takes us a day!! Not even kidding.
ceciliam
by Cecilia on Apr. 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM

This is what we pay our landscaper for 2 acres of property. Planting new stuff, weed pulling and things like that are extra....often I will do the weeds myself.

Quoting iamcafemom83: I was going to say--pay someone to do it!! $50 a month gets our huge yard cut, blown, edged, etc and it takes the crew half an hour. If we did it, it takes us a day!! Not even kidding.



AM-BRAT
by Amber on Apr. 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM
Ours is not too big.

The kids use it all year, dh mows and such. :)
Bmat
by Barb on Apr. 29, 2014 at 3:43 PM

LOL I like #5!  I'd also suggest getting out the wheelbarrow if you have one, it makes transporting branches, trimmings, twigs, easier.

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