Gardens have properly come into their own in the last year or so, thanks to the whole pandemic situation. Whether you’ve got a massive, sprawling outdoor space, or a small patch of weed-filled grass with a couple of basic plant pots with zero life in them, your garden isn’t just a way to get out of the house for an hour or two – it’s the number-one place to host friends, even if that means sitting under blankets in 3°C temperatures, two metres away from your best mate on a Tuesday night in April.
Now that loads of us have finally realised the potential of these outdoor spaces, many people are really making the most of them. Along the way, there’s every chance there’ll be a lot of garden waste to remove. Ivy might be taking over, your fence might be falling down, flagstones may be cracked, and trees may be getting too big for their roots. Sometimes, a huge overhaul is needed.
Thankfully, by following the right steps early on – and using the right people – you can get rid of your garden waste easily, safely and relatively quickly, without it costing the earth, even if you remove plenty of it.
As natural as they may be, tree branches and soil are classed as general waste, and will cost more to get rid of – the same goes for garden furniture, bricks and flagstones.
There’s also the environmental impact. You can’t guarantee that your garden waste will avoid landfill – just because a lot of it is natural doesn’t mean it’s not harmful to the environment, thanks to chemical compounds in a lot of treated wood and stone. On top of that, it takes two full round trips for a huge lorry to drop it off and pick it up. All in all, skips are a lot of effort and cost in the grand scheme of things.
However, it pays to put in a bit of extra work before they arrive, as you’ll save a few quid. As services like ours charge based on time and weight, you can make the job even quicker by filling bags yourself, or even just having everything together in one place.
You don’t have to throw all your garden waste away
While there’s every chance you’ll want to be shot of every bit of waste your garden has to offer, don’t simply chuck it in a skip or the back of a van – one person’s waste is someone else’s treasure, and you’d be doing your bit for the environment too.
If you’re cutting a tree back or down completely, consider chopping the excess into logs and giving them away – plenty of people have fires, or even outdoor fire pits – you could even burn it yourself at your next outdoor get-together.
On top of that, if you’re a keen gardener or just want to save a few quid on buying soil, you can put plant mulch into a compost bin. You can pick these up for £25 or less, and you can also put coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit peel and more in it, saving your bin from getting sweaty and smelly in the summer.