New House and Overgrown
I’ve moved into a new house and the landscape is overgrown. I don’t know what to keep or what to remove.
- Don’t do anything major for one year to give yourself time to decide how you want to use the space. Observe the natural light / shadows during the different seasons. Is some of your yard in full sun? Partial sun? Full shade? Examine your need for privacy and also your views of neighbors. Do you want to hide an air conditioner or other large object? Remember to take a moment to assess how you want to use your space. Consider your overall goals and use for your garden.
- If your property has mature trees, consult a landscape designer to help you decide which tree should stay or go depending on your goals. The designer may be able to identify those that may have disease or pest problems. You’ll need to hire an arborist to determine the specific health of the trees, and what it will cost to maintain, treat or remove them.
- If you know what plants you want to remove, tag them with tape and hire an inexpensive outfit that is insured to remove plants and their roots. Be cautious of removing plants near retaining walls as removing too many roots may impact the stability of an old wall.
Final Words of Advice
for every type of gardener.....
- Have fun: Spending time outdoors is a gift and a respite from the busy lives we lead. Gardening is great exercise for the body and soul.
- Read Plant Tags: Know your planting zone, sun and water requirements. Plant the right plant in the right spot.
- Get Help: Prevent costly mistakes by contacting your state's extension offices, and visit websites, libraries, local garden centers, courses at arboretums & conservatories, or consult a professional. A successful gardener asks questions and is constantly learning.
- Prevent deer damage: Ask for help in identifying effective deer repellents and choosing deer-resistant plants.
- Have a plan for maintenance: Identify if you need a monthly maintenance plan from a landscaper/gardener, weekly mowing, or an annual clean-up. Unless you pave your yard or plant plastic, outdoor spaces need maintenance.
- Be realistic: Start small to prevent feeling overwhelmed by the time, energy and cost.
- Take time to enjoy your space: Nature will astound you with it’s sights, sounds, smells, and textures.