5 Easy Ways to Reduce Green Waste

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5 Easy Ways to Reduce Green Waste

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Particularly during spring, it can be difficult to keep up with the amount of green waste your garden produces. Here are five things you can do to reduce your green waste and keep on top of things in the garden.


  1. Tidy Small and Frequent

    Take a ‘little and often’ approach to garden maintenance, rather than doing a giant clean-up once or twice a year. It’s much easier to find room in your green waste bin for a handful of small weeds in early spring than to allow those same weeds to grow to full-size before pulling them out in summer.


  1. Leave Grass Clippings in Soil

    Trim your grass lightly, and leave the clippings on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil. This helps your lawn to grow well, and the clippings decompose quickly provided you don’t let the grass get too long before cutting it.


  1. Compost Green Waste

    Compost as much of your green waste as you can. If you tuck a compost bin into a discreet corner of your yard, you can use it to dispose of fallen leaves, deadheaded flowers, some pruning waste, and fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen. Just make sure you consign weeds (particularly anything going to seed) to the green waste bin to prevent them from spreading through your garden when you use the finished compost as fertiliser.


  1. Choose your plants carefully

    Remove those which are too vigorous for your needs. If you have a tree, hedge, or vine which you struggle to keep contained in the space you want it to occupy, consider pulling it out completely and replacing it with something that better fits your garden or the amount of time you can commit to maintaining it.


  1. Use mulch to suppress weed growth

    Keep it topped up. This takes some initial effort because you need to thoroughly weed your garden beds and put down a thick layer of good quality mulch, but it will make a remarkable difference in the number of weeds you have to contend with during the year. This reduces both the amount of time you need to devote to weeding AND the amount of green waste you have to dispose of, so it’s well worth the effort to do it properly.


If you do find yourself with more green waste on your hands than you can manage with your council green waste bin, consider calling in a professional rubbish removal company for assistance. In the greater Sydney region, call Any Rubbish on 0419 635 238 for an obligation-free quote on your green waste removal needs.

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