Our How-To Yard Cleaning Guide: Fix up a Yard No Matter How Overgrown

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If you've just bought a property and the backyard is overgrown, it's time to spend some time doing yard cleaning. While this might not be a very glamorous task, it will make a big difference in the usability of your home and the outdoor space.

It can seem like there is no end in sight when you look out at your overgrown jungle. But we are here to help so you don't get plagued with pests and other problems. Continue reading this article to learn how to clean up an overgrown yard.

It's Out of Hand

Even if you've been living in your home for a while, it's easy for your yard and brush to get overgrown. If you go out of town and no one is there to take care of the yard, you might come back to a mess.

You have to put a plan in place to get things back under control, or your yard might always look this way.

Destroying Brush

If you have a lot of brush in your yard, this might be the most difficult part of cleaning up your yard. Woody weeds resprout from their roots, so you need to go deep when you want to get rid of them. If you only cut them down, they are just going to grow right back up.

Herbicides are a long-term solution. When you use herbicides, make sure you wear long pants and gloves. Most of the time, you apply them to a cut in the stem or to the foliage, but check the instructions.

Getting Rid of Weeds

If your yard is overrun with weeds, it might be a lost cause. You may need to clear it totally and start anew. Weeds spread quickly, so even if you try to cut them down, they're just going to sprout right back up.

The easiest way to rid yourself of these weeds is to use nonselective herbicide and take all the weeds out.

The No Herbicide Way of Clearing Stubborn Weeds and Brush

If you have children or pets that play in these areas, you might not want to use herbicide. It is understandable that you don't want to use herbicide, but if you want to get rid of these stubborn annoyances, there are some other things you can try.

Covering up weeds and brush with mulch keeps sunlight from getting to the weeds. You can buy mulch from the store, but you can also use grass clippings, dead leaves, wood chips, and sawdust.

There are other types of mulches you can consider that are inorganic like pebbles, sand, and gravel.

Should I Hire a Professional?

If you're at the end of your rope and aren't getting anywhere with your yard, you might want to hire someone to help. This is especially true if you need tree removal. Removing a tree can be a timely, costly, and dangerous task if you don't know what you're doing.

People that deal with lawns all of the time can identify what the problem is quickly and get it taken care of when it might take you weeks or even months to come upon the right solution.

How to Keep Your Yard Looking Amazing

Learning how to maintain your yard can keep you from having to deal with this problem again. Here are some tips to avoid going through this for a second time and to keep your yard looking amazing.


When you want to keep your lawn beautiful, you need to make sure it gets enough water. A rule of thumb is ensuring your grass gets around 1 inch of water per week. You don't want to overwater it either, so be careful not to go too wild with the water.


Another simple tip to make your lawn look good is to put mulch around your trees. It also reduces the amount of lawn you need to mow. If you don't want to keep plants up around the trees, you can use rocks or bricks to make it look nice instead.


Instead of going and buying mulch, you can create a compost pile. The compost pile will help you save money on mulch and it's very good for the health of your yard. You can also get special containers if you don't want a corner of your yard to look like a heap of yard waste.

Take Care of Weeds Quickly

One or two dandelions might not seem like a big deal. But if you see one, there's more coming.

Take care of the weeds quickly and by using mulch or herbicides. Whichever one works best for you is fine, but keep in mind you have to be very careful with the herbicides.

Cleaning Every Season

If you only clean your yard in the spring, you're asking for trouble. There are limbs, leaves, and other things that blow into your yard or fall from your trees throughout the year.

Cleaning your yard every season will keep you from dealing with major problems once a year. 

Be a Pro at Yard Cleaning

Now you know more about yard cleaning and how to get your outdoor space into tip-top condition. When you look at the difference between how the yard looked before the cleaning and after, you'll feel a great sense of accomplishment. So don't delay--get to backyard cleaning.

Do you want to know more about home and lawn upkeep and other key topics? Continue going through our blog for more.


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