Find out how to deal with garden waste in its many different forms, helping you avoid it cluttering your outdoor space.
Prunings, clippings, trimmings and fallen organic debris are constant in the garden. From autumn leaf falls and windy days, to summer’s need for constant grass mowing and bush trimming. There are so many different types of waste, and it can become quite the unsightly mess in the garden. Some areas of the UK, like Cornwall, charge for garden waste collection. Other areas it might only come every fortnight, by which time your brown bin is overspilling.
It can be a real nuisance.
Surely there’s a better way to deal with garden waste?
Don’t worry, there is. In fact, we’ve a few here to help you get started:
Have You Tried Composting Before?
Composting is one of the best ways to deal with all kinds of garden waste. You can compost a huge range of garden waste, such as:
- Lawn clippings
- Hedge clippings
- Raw vegetable or fruit food waste
- Old plants
- Fallen leaves
You can do this in a heap, or with a compost bin which is generally neater. You simply need to turn it or aerate it regularly to help the layers rot down. Eventually you get nutrient rich compost to use in your garden.
Worm bins are smaller than compost bins. You have special worms in there who then feed on fruit and vegetable waste, and other small scraps. The worms eat the scraps, then convert it into worm castings, which are a great compost item, or fertiliser.
Leaf mould is a great option if you find you have lots of fallen leaves in your garden. You simply collect the leaves and add a bit of moisture to them. You can then put them in a special bin, or even just a black bag with ventilation. It can take two years to create leaf mould but once you get going, getting batches started, you can create a constant supply of rich fertiliser and soil conditioner for your garden.
Lots of animal shelters call for the use of twigs, leaves and other debris. Why not make a hedgehog, insect or bird shelter/ house out of your garden waste? You could even make them and give them away if you don’t need them in your garden. It’s a lovely way to put natural things back into nature, to help the local wildlife.
The Problem Isn’t The Debris…
Sometimes we have our garden debris in order, it’s just full of other stuff we don’t need all the time. Camping equipment and sports gear are common ‘shed fillers’ that suck up garden space. Garden furniture is another space-filling item that we don’t need over winter.
If you could do with some storage space to help reclaim your garden, consider cheap self storage. Cheap self storage is a great way to clear items you don’t need instant access to, allowing you more space for great garden projects like composting.