April 7, 2016.
No one schedules time in their week for yard waste removal after a storm. Mother Nature seldom gives much warning before her gusty visits of devastation. You are still expected at work; the kids still have soccer practice; live must go on. Even if you know that a storm is predicted, the amount of damage to trees and shrubs can never be guessed. The old oak that has stood along the fence for decades could suddenly give up a large limb after a few shakes. Your entire lawn could be covered with branches, twigs, and leaves, suffocating your tender green grass.
Tips for Quick and Safe Yard Waste Removal
As with any project, being prepared ahead of time is the wisest place to start. Even though you may not know when a storm may come through, you can still have a plan in place for when that eventuality happens. Here are some tips to help make the task of cleanup and yard waste removal a little easier.
Tools and Supplies
Having the right tools and supplies on hand will make any job go quicker and smoother.
- Wheelbarrow – For cleanup after a storm, consider purchasing a wheelbarrow if you don’t already have one. This simple piece of equipment has been saving time and back strain for centuries.
- Trash bags – Along with the wheelbarrow to haul, you’ll need something to contain the debris you collect. A storm with a lot of wind may leave more debris than can fit in a standard trash can. Invest in some heavy-duty, large trash bags that can handle the pokes and prods of twigs and branches.
- Rake – Once the larger pieces of debris have been collected, there is likely to be plenty of leaves and smaller twigs to clean up. For this, a lawn rake will help to pull everything together and load it into your wheelbarrow.
- Work gloves – Last, but not least, make sure you have some work gloves for everyone in the household who will be pitching in on the storm cleanup. Not only will gloves keep your hands clean, but they will also protect you from developing blisters from handling your tools and from being injured by debris.
Work always goes faster when you have a plan of attack. This is certainly true when it comes to yard waste removal after a storm. Taking a few moments to survey the situation before you begin work can save you time in the end. Here’s a general strategy to get you started:
- Major damage assessment – Check out the house first to assess if there has been any damage from the storm. Trees are next. Are any of them leaning, toppled or showing major breaks?
- Securing the household – If there has been damage to the home which could allow water damage or a lack of safety in any way, these repairs are your first priority.
- Enlisting extra help – Will you be able to handle the cleanup safely or will you need help? Overexertion can be dangerous to your health and some jobs just require four hands instead of two. Call on friends and family or contact professionals to assist when needed.
- Yard waste removal – The debris left by a major storm can include a combination of tree and plant material, along with broken lawn furniture and ornaments. The total amount collected often is much more than can fit in a standard trash can. With many homes in your area being affected, you’ll want to get your request for junk removal in as soon as possible.