It’s A Jungle Out There: Taming An Out Of Control Garden


When tackling an unruly garden, it can often be hard to know where to begin. Some gardens will become wild out of neglect, whilst others may be the result of simply planting too many shrubs. Here are a few ways that you can get your garden back into shape.

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Trimming back

Take steps to trim back those unruly bushes and trees. Remove dead branches and twigs and any stray branches that are a big obstruction. A professional company such as may be needed to tame any trees. Once you’ve cut back those plants, try to take on any weeds that may be covering the undergrowth. Pull these out individually and give the earth a good mulching to prevent other from growing.

Edge out your lawn

Edging is a way of dividing up the garden, designating special space for plant beds and for your lawn. Flower beds can be dug out so that they’re lower than the lawn, or you can use short fencing or paving to separate the two. Once plants start to encroach over this barrier, you know that it’s time to cut them back.

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Carve out a path

Carving out a path with stepping stones or gravel can give your garden a clear area for walking through. Once plants start to overhang over this path you can cut them back. Make sure that this path area is thoroughly de-weeded first.

Color code

You can bring a more organised appearance to your garden by making use of colors. Too much dark green foliage may blend against the color of your lawn and make your garden look more unkempt. Try to using plants with light colored flowers such as white, pinks, light blues and yellows that will give a clear boundary between your lawn and your flower beds. Be careful of reds as these can sometimes look too intense when in combination with greens. If you are using red flowered plants, try to make these easier on the eye by planting white or yellow flowered plants around them.

The color of garden furniture can also add more contrast to your garden it make it less messy. Avoid dark brown or green sheds if there’s already a lot of brown and green foliage in your garden – instead try using white paint or light colored woods such as beech. offers some great garden furniture solutions in light colors to give your garden co-ordination.

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Maintain your pond

Nothing looks worse than an overgrown pond. If you’re lucky enough to have such a water feature in your garden, try to keep a clear boundary between your pond and the plants around it. Create beds around the pond and incorporate edging. Make sure that the pond itself is regularly cleared of algae and weeds. A bit of algae can be healthy for your pond, especially if you’ve got fish or frogs. However, too much will make it inhabitable. Replacing the water once a year can also be beneficial to pond wildlife, especially if you haven’t got a filter system in place.