How To Turn An Overgrown Garden Into A Picture Perfect Paradise

When it comes to our dream garden, we all have different ideas and expectations. For some of us, low key and low maintenance are what we want or need. Just a little spot of grass or patio space, or perhaps decking where we can sit back and relax with a drink in our hand, knowing it only needs the odd sweep or few minutes of mowing to look good. Other people want to see their gardens come to life with big and bold displays of colorful flowers and plants, maybe even growing their own fruit and vegetables. Looking out into their garden and knowing it is their hard work that has made it look that good is their idea of heaven.

However, the one thing that pretty much no one wants as a back garden is an overgrown jungle. There can be many reasons for a garden to get out of hand - a lack of knowledge and skills, a lack of time, a lack of money, or a sheer disinterest in tackling it. However, it does not take a huge amount of work to get an overgrown garden into a picture-perfect paradise. In this article, that is what we are going to explore.
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Clear it

The first part is the hardest. You need to clear out the bulk of the mess. Until you have done this, you can pretty much say goodbye to anything resembling a paradise. You need to know what it is you are working with and how much space you have. Get in there, dispose of any old or damaged furniture, rubbish and cut as much back as you can. Should you find that you have a lot of mess to remove, someone like this rubbish removal bentleigh service can certainly help with that. 

Assess the damage

Now you can see the space a little better, you need to assess the extent of any issues. Look at your lawn - what sort of state is it in? If it is patchy, start off killing any moss or weed with the appropriate chemicals. Take out as many visible weeds as possible from beds and borders with a cordless weed trimmer. Once you have done that, you can relay any lawn or use seeding to patch it up.

Plan your garden

Now that you know exactly what you are working with, you can start to put plans into place. Do some research - Pinterest is a great place to look for inspiration, as are magazines and blogs. Do a bit of window shopping and start putting pen to paper and drawing up plans. What do you want to put where?

Do a deep clean

You have got rid of all the big rubbish, but now it’s time to give what you have left a really deep clean. Buy or hire a power wash to clean off your decking, fences, patios, garden furniture, and anything else that looks a little grubby.


Shabby paintwork on fences and furniture can make even the most incredible of gardens look tatty. Give everything a fresh lick of paint or varnish and that will make a huge difference to the overall look of your garden.

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