Improving a messy or unsightly garden can feel like a mammoth undertaking, particularly if it’s been left unkempt for quite some time. Knowing how to redesign an area, revitalise the plants, and inject life into a brown and dull-looking space can be daunting, even for the most seasoned of gardeners.

If you find yourself in a similar position, whether it’s your own garden or one you’ve inherited from a previous homeowner, the tips below may prove helpful.

Clear out the Rubbish

A garden that has been left alone for a long time will likely have accumulated a lot of rubbish that’s either blown in from the wind or been left behind. Before you start to clear out your garden and turn it into a lush green space, you’ll want to assess the state of the rubbish and begin to clear it. Be sure to have a skip handy nearby so that you can throw out things like broken bottles, bits of concrete, rusty metal, or even garden leftovers such as watering cans or disused flowerpots.

Consider Garden Screening

Once you’ve done a clear-out and begun replanting, you may want to consider garden screening as part of your revitalisation process. Garden screening is excellent for creating partitions and walls throughout the garden and for encouraging the growth of vines and other crawlers. Garden screening is also good for hiding unattractive or unsightly walls or fencing.

Identify Plants to Keep

If your garden still has living plants residing in it, decide which ones you’d like to keep and which you’d like to throw out. Ideally, you won’t want to kill anything that’s already living, so hopefully, the choice is simply between the flowers that are still alive and those that have kicked the bucket. For those looking for a specific type of landscape, though, you may want to be selective in terms of the kinds of plants residing in your space. In which case, you’ll need to do a careful selection/deselection process.

Trim Hedges

If your garden has hedges, you’ll want to trim these back as they’ve likely grown into a messy state. Trimmed hedges can go a long way towards improving the neatness of a garden, so it’s one of the first things to tackle on your list. You may want to enlist the help of a gardener or landscaper, though if you’re new to the task and want them to look a specific shape.

Attend to the Soil

The soil will need rejuvenating if it’s been left uncared for quite a while. Be sure to clear out any weeds and begin to revitalise the soil with fertilisers, mulch, wood chips, or other organic matter that’s relevant to the plants and flowers you’re growing.

Plan Your Edging

Edging is essential for delineating the spaces of your garden, often separating the grass from the rest of the foliage. If your garden is simply overgrown, rather than in need of a complete overhaul, plan your edging to neaten the appearance. The Spruce outlines some good ideas about how to work with edging to ensure your garden has texture and looks tidy.

Messy or overgrown gardens are challenging, but not impossible, to rejuvenate. Stay focused on your vision and use the tips above to turn your brown mess into a green and tidy garden haven.


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