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GETTING RID OF YARD TRIMMINGS

Keeping your yard up to par is often the responsibility of the renter. If you are renting a house then there is a good chance that there is not a body corporate that comes to your area and maintains your lawn for you. While most landlords will have someone come in and do the heavier jobs like breaking up old concrete material to create a new pathway, finding a landlord that hires companies to take care of lawn work is quite rare. What this means is that you will need to keep the yard looking clean and nice and you will be in charge of getting rid of any yard trimmings left behind.

Cleaning your yard should be done often. That way you are not letting the trees, leaves and debris build up. You will have a lot less to clear away every time if you make a habit of cleaning up your yard at least once a month or more.

Cleaning up your yard is a little different than just mowing the grass. It involves pruning the hedges, clearing out the garden of any weeds or other debris, raking the leaves that have fallen off the trees and clipping off any dead or dying branches from your plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, etc. For some people the thought of cleaning up the yard will send them into a lazy panic. For others, however this type of work is soothing and relaxing.

Regardless of where you stand when it comes to the yard work, choose a time during the day where it is cool and safe to work. During the summer in the heat of the afternoon is not the best time to start pulling out weeds as the sun will get the better of you. Instead, try to stick to gardening and yard work in the early morning or late afternoons when it is a little cooler and shadier.

Dump, Trash, Burn

There are a number of ways to get rid of yard trimmings. If you have several garbage bags full of branches, leaves and debris, then you may need to make a trek to the dump. You will need to pay a fee in order to dump the trimmings in there but this will get rid of any big items right away. This is your best option if you cannot place all the bags out for your weekly trash pickup.

This brings us to the next option - leave it for your local garbage collection pickup. If you have only done a little bit then you may only have a garbage bag or two of items. What this means is that it should be able to fit into your large trash bin for collection once a week. However, this is only going to work if you only have a small amount of yard trimmings. If your rental property is quite overgrown then it is best to place everything in the back of a truck and send it to the dump.

You may also be able to burn the trimmings in some instances. However, backyard fires are often restricted, especially during the spring and summer months when it is most common to clean up the yard. If you are allowed to have a backyard bonfire, make sure it is controlled and only use paper and trimmings on the fire.

Do not burn alcohol, plastic, tires or other items that will cause a problem and potentially hazardous situation. Make sure you check with the local council laws as well as with your landlord if you want to burn the trimmings. It is often against the law, especially in smaller residential areas and suburbs. This is an important safety tip to consider when getting rid of yard trimmings.

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