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Garden Waste Collection: 6 Ways to Prepare for Winter

Holidays such as Thanksgiving are just around the corner, and winter is almost upon us. With them comes the inevitable slow-down of garden-related activities. All your efforts are now directed towards incorporating that holiday sparkle into your living space. However, taking care of your garden is equally essential. The good news is that it won’t take much of your time either. The first thing you should do is let a reputable garden waste collection company know they’ll have to pass by your place later in the day, and then take on the task. Here are a few tips to make the task easier.

  1. Get the Rotten and Finished Plants Out of the Way

Pile of dead flowers The first thing you should do to prepare your garden for winter is clearing up any dead foliage or disease-infested plants. Doing so not only leaves the area looking all tidy and ready for the cold, snowy season, but also prevents the spread of diseases, fungi, and pests to your healthy plants. This way, you get peace of mind knowing you won’t have to start from scratch once spring is here.

You can choose to bury the disease-free finished plants into your garden area as it helps improve the soil health. As for the disease-infested ones, it would be wiser to set them aside for garden waste collection. Burying them will only spread the pests and diseases during spring, affecting soil quality in your entire garden.

  1. Clear Out Invasive Weeds

With rotten and disease-infested plants out of the way, now it’s time to clear out the weeds as well. It’s tempting to want to bury them in another part of the garden or compost them, but unfortunately, invasive weeds tend to remain viable. So removing them altogether is the only way to ensure they don’t sprout the next season. Therefore, add them to the heap of disease, fungi, and pest-infested plants that are going to be taken away as garden waste.

  1. Don’t Forget the Herbaceous Perennials

If you have perennials, then cut them back and leave them about 4 to 6 inches tall. However, wait until the first frost. Why? Well, most perennials usually store their energy on the upper part of the plant. During winter, this energy flows to the root where it’s stored to keep the plant alive in the cold. Cutting back your perennials too early prevents this biological process, and as a result, your perennials die altogether.

Additionally, keep in mind that during winter, perennials are a sanctuary to insects such as ladybirds. So as much as you want to have all your perennials the next season, be considerate and leave some uncut to create a habitat for your garden’s wildlife.

  1. Remove Any Slimy Leaves

Slimy leaves create room for diseases and pests to winterize, and when spring comes, they’ll wreak havoc on your garden. Thus, remove any slimy leaves and throw them in the bunch going with garden waste collection.

  1. Plant Cover Crops

Rye, clovers, and vetch are examples of plants that thrive during winter. They also prevent soil erosion and increase organic matter in your garden. For instance, legumes such as field peas help increase nitrogen levels in the soil. So plant them at least a month before the first frost.

  1. Leave the Pretty Plants Standing

Apart from some of your perennials, leave plants such as sunflowers and blackberry lily intact. If they are healthy and standing, don’t even prune or cut blossoms. Doing so will only stimulate growth, and they’ll probably die on the first frost. So leave the pretty plants standing and, if possible, mulch them. They’ll be breathtaking in the winter sun and will also be a haven to your garden’s wildlife.

Over to You

Preparing your garden for winter doesn’t mean you won’t have enough time to get your home ready for the festive season. So dedicate one morning to doing all of the above, and when spring comes, you’ll be happy you did. Also, get in touch with our highly responsive team for garden waste collection services, and let us deal with the stress of disposing the heap your put aside earlier for you.

4 Things You Need to Know About Hot Tub Removal

Owning a hot tub is great until you have to get rid of it. Whether you are swapping it for a newer model or doing away with it for good, getting it out of your yard will be difficult. You can’t just throw your hot tub in the trash; you have to dismantle large pieces of it and dispose them in the right manner. It is a labor-intensive process. There’s a lot to consider but first, you must know these four things about hot tub removal.

  1. You have to prepare your hot tub for removal

white hot tubYour tub should be disconnected from the power supply. Turn off the heater, switch off the main supply and turn off the circuit breaker. This sounds simple but may not be easy to do. You can ask a plumber to assist you.

Drain all the water from your hot tub. Don’t know how? Its simple; use a garden hose attached the drain sprout at the bottom of the tub. When the hose is firmly connected, open the spigot to drain the water.

Finally, create a clear path from your hot tub to the exit. There should be nothing that gets in your way once you start moving the tub.

  1. Hot tub covers can be recycled

Throwing away your hot tub cover is the least environmentally friendly method of disposal you can opt for. Reusing the foam for insulation or cutting a boogie board from it are great ecofriendly options. However, its best to take the cover for recycling.

Your local landfill probably recycles the metal pieces of your hot tub cover. The vinyl and foam components may also qualify for the same treatment. If DIY projects are not your cup of tea, find out more about recycling hot tub covers from your municipality.

  1. Some hot tub parts are categorized as hazardous waste

A few components of your hot tub fall under hazardous waste. Not only is it irresponsible but also illegal for you to dispose of these parts in the trash. Furthermore, you will have a hard time identifying the parts that can go to your local landfill and those that are hazardous.

Your hot tub is probably made of fiberglass or some other durable material. To break this up you will have to use a saw which will produce lots of dust. Obviously, you have to wear protective material. Once done, you have to ensure none of the debris left can harm your family or pets.

  1. You need professional help to remove your hot tub

One thing is clear about hot tub removal – it is a hectic labor and time intensive process. Assuming you manage to break up your tub into smaller pieces, there is still the challenge of hauling the pieces to your truck and taking them to the landfill. What if you do not have a truck? Even worse, what if you do not have enough people to help you carry the pieces?

Do not even think of doing the hauling on your own. You risk getting serious injuries. The rational thing to do is get professional help. Professional hot tub removers have the right tools for the job. They also know how to maneuver the bulky pieces and transport them for disposal.

Final Take

Removing your hot tub is a labor-intensive process that should be done carefully. If dismantling, carrying, packing and transporting your hot tub is too much for you to handle on your own, you should seek the help of professionals. Although these services cost money, they save you time and ensure your hot tub removal is done safely. Contact us for ore information.