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Garden Waste Clearance Guide

Sorting out an overgrown garden can leave you with a lot of garden waste to get rid of. If you aren’t able to compost the waste or dispose of it yourself then a garden waste clearance service might be the most convenient and cost-effective option.

What is Garden Clearance?

Finding yourself fighting through weeds and feeling like you are lost in the jungle? Or maybe you are planning a new garden design and need to start with a blank canvas? Garden clearance involves clearing your garden of waste, either in preparation for landscaping or to tidy up and refresh your current outdoor space. The scale of your garden clearance, and the most appropriate method of disposing of your garden waste will depend on what sort of project you have in mind.

Planning a Garden Clearance

You might want to start with tackling the largest jobs first, like clearing debris, cutting trees and hedges, then moving on to weeding and clearing borders. Planning ahead to make sure you have a way to dispose of the waste from your garden clearance will mean you avoid having piles of rubbish hanging around for too long, and can start enjoying your outdoor space.

Think about the tools and resources you have available to complete your garden clearance, making sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get the job finished. Checking the weather forecast is always a good idea when planning work outdoors, and if it’s going to be very hot and sunny make sure you have shade, plenty of water and sunscreen close by.

How Much Time Will a Garden Clearance Take?

The answer to this question very much depends on the size of your garden, and the scale of your project. Always allow yourself plenty of time to get everything done, factoring in some time for a break in between the heaviest jobs.

To work out how long it will take you to complete your garden clearance, try to create a list of all the tasks that need doing in a logical order. Allocate time to each task, then add this together to give you a rough idea of how much time you need. Be realistic about timescales, it’s better to finish a job early than to be rushing to get it finished at the last minute.

Garden Waste Types

Depending on what your garden clearance project involves, you may create more than one type of garden waste.

Green Waste

Green waste includes all waste material that was growing in your garden, such as grass, hedge clippings, weeds and leaves and small twigs.

General Waste

The other type of waste you might have after a garden clearance is general waste. General waste materials could be things like old garden furniture, plant pots, sheds or decking. Soil and large branches are also considered to be general waste.

How to Separate Your Garden Waste

Make sure you separate the different types of waste, as they will need to be disposed of in different ways. You could do this by simply creating two different piles of waste, so you can clearly see how much waste you have of each type.

Why Do I Need to Separate Different Garden Waste Types?

Green waste is much easier to break down and recycle, and therefore it costs less to get rid of. General waste is not as easy to dispose of, and needs to be sorted and processed before it can be recycled. General waste can also be fairly bulky so separating the different types of garden waste can help to reduce the cost of disposal.

Can Garden Waste Be Sold?

You may find some items in your general waste pile can be sold, reused or given away, like garden furniture and buildings (even if they need a few repairs). Logs can also be sold or given away, as people will often use them as fuel for wood burning fires and stoves.

Minimise Bulky Garden Waste

Waste removal is usually charged based on the volume of waste that needs to be taken away. By reducing the bulkiness of your garden waste, you can also reduce the cost of disposing of it. Cutting up bulky items, dismantling furniture and using heavier items to compact waste underneath it can help you to reduce the volume.

Making Compost

By making your own compost you can recycle your green waste into something that can be used to help your garden in the future. The process can be time consuming, and requires a little bit of extra space in your garden, but it can be very rewarding.

To make your own compost add your grass trimmings, leaves and any leftover compost from old plants to a compost bin. Layering dry and wet materials can also help the composting process. Within a year or two you’ll have a rich, dark compost of broken-down organic material to scatter on your garden and provide extra nutrients.

Incinerators and Bonfires

Bonfires are legal if they are carried out safely and don’t cause a nuisance. Make sure you check with your local authority to find out if there are any restrictions on bonfires in your area. Before burning anything it’s often a good idea to check with your neighbours too, as they may wish to close their windows or bring washing in from the line.

Incinerators can be used to burn smaller amounts of waste, they tend to be safer than bonfires as they keep the waste contained, burning at much higher temperature and producing less smoke.

To reduce the smoke produced when burning garden waste, make sure everything is as dry as possible before starting your fire. You’ll also want to check bonfires for any wildlife before lighting them.

Council Waste Collection

Some local councils offer collection services for green waste, this is usually chargeable via an annual fee or a one-off charge. These services can be excellent value but will often be restricted to a small bin or bag of waste, collected as part of the usual bin collection schedule. If you are looking for a one-off garden waste clearance and want to make sure it’s at a time to suit you, you might be more interested in looking at our waste removal service .

Hiring A Skip

There are such a huge range of skip sizes available to hire, if you have a large amount of waste, you might find skip hire is the most convenient solution. You can load the skip as you go, keeping all the waste contained and ready to be taken away.

Our network of specialist waste management providers covers the whole of the UK, and no project is too big or too small. If you are looking for garden waste clearance, get in touch with us today and our team of friendly experts can find the right solution for you.