Keep Your Backyard Neat with These Cleaning Tips

Cleaning up your backyard can be a time-consuming and frustrating job even for the most patient homeowners, especially if previous owners neglected it for years. Being familiar with yard-cleaning strategies can help you tackle your job with confidence—and you might even experience a bit of satisfaction during the process.

Prepare yourself physically and mentally. Pace yourself, and don’t try to get too much done at one time, especially if your backyard cleaning is long overdue. Have a general cleaning plan in place.

Dress appropriately. If you’re cleaning up your backyard in the summer, wear lightweight, breathable materials such as cotton that will protect your skin from the sun but also allow fresh air to get to your body. If you’re doing winter yard work, dress in layers; as you work and your body heats up, you can remove layers of clothing if you get too warm.

Remove large pieces of waste. Remove debris such as tree branches and rocks. If you need to remove big boulders, use a garden tractor with a loader or consider having friends help, especially if you’ve had back problems in the past. Consider reusing rocks and stones to create a decorative border for landscaping.

Trim overgrown trees and shrubs. Use tree shears to cut off smaller overhanging branches; if you have large branches to trim, use a chainsaw.

Mow your lawn. Trim around the bases of your trees and shrubs with a weed eater. Collect and use these grass clippings for mulch on your vegetable or flower gardens. If you don’t have a vegetable garden, add your grass clippings to your compost pile so you don’t have to dispose of them.

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