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How to clear a rough, overgrown garden

Updated March 23, 2017

A rough, overgrown garden can be a real eyesore. If you don't look after your garden, nature will soon take over and it will be filled with weeds, bushes and dead plants. Cleaning out an overgrown garden, however, does not take long. After removing all weeds and dead plants, you can start a brand-new front lawn or a back garden. Fortunately, there are many inexpensive gardening tools for cleaning out an overgrown garden.

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Chop down any large weeds and bushes, using a machete or electric or gas-powered weed-eater.

Dig out dead plants, bushes and small trees, using the spade. Rent a rubbish bin to collect all items you want to throw away. You can rent a bin from a construction company or waste management company.

Rake weeds and brush into a pile and toss them into the bin. Alternatively, create a compost heap and compost all biodegradable material cut down in your garden.

Break up the soil with the rototiller. Tilling is a good way to fertilise the soil by turning plants and grass into the soil. When you finished tilling, go through the soil and remove all visible roots. If you do not remove the roots, they will regrow next year.

Spread the topsoil evenly with the rake. If you find plants missed by the rototiller, cut them out with a spade.


Do not let your garden get too overgrown; instead do a little gardening each month. Plan to do major gardening during winter months, when the soil is not frozen and there are fewer plants.


Read equipment operating manuals for safe operation. Wear gloves and protective goggles to avoid injuries.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubbish bin
  • Weedeater
  • Spade
  • Rake
  • Garden fork
  • Machete
  • Rototiller
  • Gloves
  • Protective goggles

About the Author

Janos Gal has been writing since 2008. He wrote for the "Global Journalist" magazine in 2008 and for the "Estrella de Arica" daily in 2009. Gal has traveled extensively in Europe, South America and the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, honors, in journalism from Edinburgh Napier University.

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