How to tackle completely overgrown garden?
We have just moved in to a dilapidated bungalow with a 160ft garden that has not been touched in approx 20yrs. So I have joined gardeners' world forum and hoping to join the gardening community for some helpful advice and encouragement!
If anyone has some spare time at this busy time of year, we would appreciate some tips on where to start.
Here is a description of our garden:
When we bought the house the first half of the garden was completely overgrown with brambles as high as the house. These were mainly blackberry plants.
The second half of the garden used to be an orchard (so we've been told) but at some point a disgruntled neighbour has come round and cut most of the trees down.
My husband and I are novice gardeners. We are aware this will be a massive project. We are thinking of tackling it in sections. My husband is in process of clearing the brambles/weeds to ground level in first half of garden. However we are unsure how best to proceed after this. How do we clear the roots, I.e. Is there a machine we can use to clear them or is the only way a fork and a lot of hard work digging?
We are then hoping to lay a significant part of this section of the garden to grass for our two young children to run around on.
We really appreciate any advice. It is a very exciting but daunting project....
Thank you for your time.