[This post was originally published in March 2019, and has been revised, expanded, and updated.]
Your new yard looks great! But now that the excitement of your improved landscaping has waned you still have to get rid of the yard waste you've created.
And the more ambitious and wide-ranging your landscaping project is, the larger the piles of organic waste and other types of yard debris. So, what do you do with it all now?
When Your Landscaping and Yard Waste is Overwhelming
One of the challenges with a landscaping project is keeping your work space clear enough to do the job safely and efficiently. This is important for a number of reasons, safety being one of them. If possible, it's best to have a staging area of some type where you can dump your dirt, sod, rocks, mud and clay, and whatever else you accumulate during your work.
And it also accomplishes a couple of things: it helps keep you active working area clear of debris and rubbish that can easily cause trips and falls.
In addition, it prevents safety hazards such as tools getting covered up and then stepped on, or open holes being stepped in!
Here are a few strategic tips to make the work go smoother and reduce the amount of debris:
- Use a tarp to move lightweight bulky debris like leaves, weeds, and even brush. Use it to hold soil when digging a hole, to keep the grass clean. Use it to cover plants in the back of the truck when driving home from the nursery.
- Choose wisely between bulk and bagged mulch, soil, and stone. Buy bulk material when it can be dumped on the spot where it will be spread. Buy bagged material if it must be moved again after delivery. Both of these strategies will save time, work and money.
- Don’t send leaves to the landfill. Mow small quantities into the lawn to provide a light dose of fertilizer for the grass and food for earthworms. Use a bagging mower or leaf shredding blower/vac to grind up fall leaves for use as mulch or add them to the compost pile. Till them into the vegetable garden before planting winter cover crops.
Another good tip is to focus on one area, or region, of your yard or property at a time. If you have a large yard and plan on launching two or three (or more) new landscaping projects throughout your outdoor area, it's best to focus on one, complete it, and clean it up.
An exception to this might be if you know that your overall amount of debris and yard waste will actually be quite small.
Your Landscaping Debris Removal Options
First of all, you want to be sure to get all that dirt, grass, rock and what have you off your lawn and away from your home as quickly as possible. In other words, it's fine to wait until your project is completed and you're ready to enjoy your finished work before "cleaning up" and getting your yard waste hauled off.
However, what you never want to do is leave piles of dirt, old sod or plant trimmings, or mud and rock lying around on your lawn or up against your fence in a flower bed!
Not only is it unsightly and possibly a hazard, it can damage your lawn or your landscaped areas. In addition, piles of dirt and yard waste has an odd way of working loose and spreading around in your yard. Before you know it, your wonderful landscape work is obscured by neglected piles of debris and rubble lying about.
So, the question that comes up is, "How do you get rid of all that dirt, grass, leaves, branches, and everything else that's left over?"
Essentially, you have three viable options for landscaping debris removal:
1. Haul It Yourself
This is probably the least practical for many people since it can require a suitable vehicle (like a truck!) which is the first problem. It then means that you have to load all the debris yourself into a vehicle you may not own. After that gets loaded and the property cleaned up, you then need to determine where and how you'll dump whatever combination of debris you've loaded. And buy gas and pay dumping fees, and so on.
2. Ask A Friend
This can be a great option IF you have a friend (or relative) with a truck that is both willing and able to take care of the task for you. While this solves the problem of a having a proper vehicle, but you may still have to do the loading and cleaning yourself. And you'll likely still have to buy the gas and pay the fees.
3. Outsource The Task
Of course, this is the option we recommend. The vehicle is no longer a concern since a professional firm like Junk King has all the proper vehicles and equipment needed, along with the know-how. Which takes care of the other issue since a reputable firm will do all of the loading and cleaning up of the debris site for you. And we know where and how to best dispose of your yard waste and other landscaping debris.
For the sake of argument, let's assume that you don't own a pickup truck - and can't borrow one - nor do you really want to rent one just for hauling yard trash and debris. And it's quite likely you don't have a small trailer either.
Really! Like, who does, right?
And let's also assume that you don't have anyone to help you out in this task by loaning you their truck or offering to haul your yard waste loads for you.
So, what do you do?
Well, you know you can't leave it all in your yard. While you might (and probably should) put all the truly organic "green and brown" materials into a compost bin, there is still going to be quite a bit of other materials that need to go.
In other words, you've got to find someone who can quickly, safely, and affordably load up and haul away all the landscaping material packaging and rubbish, the excess dirt, gravel, and rubble, as well as any broken up concrete, masonry, wood debris, and other waste materials who piled up in the course of your landscaping makeover.
The good news is that there is just such a firm ready and able to do all that and more.
Your Landscaping Yard Waste Removal Partners
You long ago learned that yard waste can come in many forms.
In addition to your major DIY gardening or landscaping project that’s left dirt and debris everywhere, the winter storms may have left broken tree branches all over your yard. And you may also have large amounts of junk and clutter in your yard that you haven’t had time to clean up.
Whatever it is and whatever the reason, Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly yard waste removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of your yard debris.
Our experienced debris removal team will break down and haul off any types of yard waste you have. And unlike the backseat of your family car, our large junk removal trucks are made to handle those dirty yard debris items.
Once you make an appointment with us, our professional and insured yard waste removal team will show up at your home on time, as promised, and we’ll call your 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive on site.
Before we begin we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your yard waste and other junk takes up in our truck. You just point, and we haul the debris into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
So, are you ready to see your yard waste and debris gone? It's as easy as 1,2.3.
At Junk King, we make it simple to book an appointment by going online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).