Redesign an overgrown garden

You find a wild garden more often than you would like. Often when a long vacant lot has been bought, a house with a garden, the condition of which can be classified as neglected, or just a totally neglected garden area when taking over a property or an allotment garden.

Sometimes it is enough for a few years to turn a beautiful garden into an overgrown landscape.

An overgrown garden can usually be recognized by the following features:

Weeds several meters high
Exuberant wild growth
Unkempt trees
stumps
Blackberry thicket
Bushes and branches grow together in disorder
Walkways and bed borders are overgrown and hardly recognizable

So what can you do and where to start? With this article, we would like to show helpful work steps, tips and measures on how to tidy up, overhaul, renovate and create or design an overgrown garden.

Where to start – probing the overgrown property


Before you start to clear the garden blindly, it is a more clever approach to first probe the neglected garden plot in order to get an overview of what has to go, should go or can stay away. It is also important to know whether there is any rubble or sidewalk slabs lying next to weeds, roots and tree debris, which pose a permanent danger to machines and tools. This cannot be ruled out, especially for properties that have been standing for years.

Here is a step by step plan:

Step 1: Walk off manually
If there is no thicket, walk over the overgrown garden area manually and mark every place where you could stumble, hard objects were found or plates lay around.

Step 2: Remove and clear up rubbish and
garbage. Take a garbage bag with you and collect everything that is not natural and bag it.

Step 3: Marking bed
borders and pavement slabs In particular, concrete, borders with stones or pavement slabs should be marked and marked conspicuously

Step 4: Check existing trees
You don’t have to pull everything out completely. There may be beautifully grown trees in an otherwise very neglected garden. Think and check whether one or the other tree can stop and how it can become an eye-catcher again with skilful cuts.

Step 5:
Check existing plants It may also be that existing plants may have proliferated for years, but you still want to have them in your own new garden. The currant, blackberry or other types of fruit fall into this grid.

Step 6: Assemble working materials, devices and machines
After you have got an overview, you can create a list of equipment and machines that are required for an adjustment. Depending on the type and scope, these can be very different devices.

Useful machines and tools for digging and clearing the garden

If you have a totally overgrown garden, you won’t get very far with the usual garden tools. Special machines are required to do the rough work first. The more overgrown the garden, the more machine tools should be used. Here is a small list of ideas with useful helpers:

Brush Cutter
chainsaw
Mini excavators
tiller
wheelbarrow
shredder
hedge clippers
Particularly larger devices do not necessarily have to be purchased, but can be borrowed cheaply at the hardware store for 1-2 days. Pay particular attention to the rest periods when you should not work with a loud device.

The Nature Conservation Act must also be observed, which states that a radical cut of hedges, even if they are overgrown, may not be carried out between March and the end of September due to breeding birds.

Garden clearing done right
Most of all you want to drive a plow through the overgrown garden and remove everything immediately. This can work, but it is dangerous if large stones, rubble and slabs are to be expected that quickly destroy the device.

Thanks to the steps listed above, we are a little smarter and lifting is the right thing. The previously marked locations are bypassed and processed on a large scale. Better a little slower and more careful than with the crowbar. If possible, trees that should be removed should be felled beforehand and put away.

It is not advisable to cut back and forth, but systematic clearing from side to side in straight trains.

Bring the overgrown garden into shape and prepare it

Once the rough has been cleared away, you can start fine-tuning. This includes tidying up pulled trees, bushes, branches, roughly in a corner. If necessary, these can be shredded with the chopper and then fed to the composter. You can find a selection with test for the best garden composter here on our website. With a rake, a pitchfork and a wheelbarrow, this work is done quickly.

Next, existing lawn, weeds and larger grasses can be removed with the lawnmower. The green waste can be composted directly. Maybe you can take the opportunity to create a new, shady place for a compost heap.

In order to make the once overgrown garden plot arable, it is rarely necessary to renovate it. The soil should be fertile, so it is now the gardener’s job to mill and dig. This not only loosens the soil and provides an excellent basis for a great lawn, but also serves to remove roots from weeds and other unwanted shrubs and bushes.

Then use the rake to hook through the milled soil and remove old roots.

Redesigning an overgrown garden – ideas and tips

If you have carried out the above steps carefully, you should now have a well-kept piece of land on which a complete new garden layout can be planned. Even if some plants have been deliberately spared, it is now necessary to have ideas and a plan in which style and how the garden can be redesigned.

Of course, this depends on your own taste, but also on the existing style of the house. Modern houses can also have a modern garden, whereas older buildings and courtyards are better served with a country-style garden (cottage) .

The following basics must be observed:

Plan sidewalks (how much and where should go)
Make the course of the sun and therefore the planting
Narrow the lawn area
Sketching of beds, stone beds, raised beds or the like
Schedule a garden house or garden sauna
Consider possible positions of seats
Sketch irrigation pipe for laying (where should be watered and how later)
Garden fleece position
Lay power cables where necessary
Other ideas that can be considered for a redesign of a once neglected piece of garden are planning a barbecue corner, a new fireplace , watercourses, water features and, above all, a garden fence, if not yet available. If there is an old garden wall, it can be embellished or covered. Any new shrubs or hedges can also be planted as a privacy screen.

The nice thing about a complete redesign is that the hobby gardener can completely let himself out and subject his imagination to a complete reorientation. With time, dedication and a lot of fun, a once unkempt garden becomes a great garden paradise.

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