Is Your Garden Overgrown?

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With all the recent weather, a global health crisis and calls for social distancing, we're seeing many people letting their gardens get overgrown. Well, we're here to help.

Over the past few months we've seen some amazing weather phenomenon in Australia. We've gone from drought, to very extreme bushfires, to down pouring of rain causing flooding.

We've also had a few other challenges. With the outbreak of a global health pandemic, fear is growing. Social distancing and isolation is the recommended approach, so many people are limiting their time outdoors.

The result of all this - many gardens are getting overgrown!

So why does this matter?

I know it might not seem like a huge deal, but an overgrown garden has a few negatives that can really get annoying.

Shrubs and branches can hang over pathways

Not only does this look terrible, it's annoying to people walking past. And if you annoy people walking past, can you guess what they're likely to do?

If you said "complain to the local council" you'd be 100% right.

I don't know about you, but I really don't want the council coming by and issuing me with a clean up order or something similar.

Branches can get close to wires

Alert: this will get you a notice from your electrical company!

Tree branches fall on power lines quite a bit and require a few different organisations involved (the power company, a level 2 electrician, probably a tree lopper), so they're understandably interested in minimising these situations.

Increased insect activity

Without maintenance, spiders will keep building their cobwebs and laying more eggs. And when those spiders eggs hatch, what comes out? Yep, more spiders.

Plus, cobwebs just look terrible (except if its the end of October and you're into Halloween).

Your garden doesn't reflect how good your home is

What do you think when you see a place that doesn't look maintained? If you're anything like most people, you probably form some idea about the people that live in that home. You judge them, based on the look of their home.

But if you care about your home, and you are maintaining things inside really well, why let your outside give people the wrong idea about you?

Isn't a big annual clean up is enough?

I'm surprised at how many people think all they need to do is an annual garden cleanup and the garden will be fine.

It doesn't work that way.

Firstly, a big cleanup usually a larger sum of cash than you probably want to spend. And a lot more expensive than maintenance is.

Secondly, the garden is full of things that....grow! You can clean it all up tomorrow, but it starts growing again. If you leave it a few months without doing anything, you're back to where you were before the clean up.

Ongoing maintenance is the key to keeping your garden under control.


We've had the heat of summer followed by steady rains. You can almost see your garden growing before your eyes.

If you're struggling to stay on top of it, get in touch. The Garden Men Team can get your outside area back in shape with a complete garden clean up, lawn and garden fertilise and application of mulch to finish off.

Now is definitely the time to get in and get it done, before Easter

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