Storms can be frightening, and they leave quite a disaster behind them. Whether it’s a major thunderstorm or just a wind storm, you’ll likely have some cleaning to do in the garden once it’s all over.
Assess the damage
Before you do anything else, take time to walk around your home and check for damage to the structure. You should also look at fences, garages or sheds, and any trees you have in the garden. Make a note of the damaged areas.
Work out what your top priorities are
The first thing to do is repair anything that is dangerous. For example, if electric lines have been damaged, these need to be repaired first. Ruined shingles or roofing should be replaced and any doors that are dented or knocked off their hinges should be fixed, as well. Repair glass that has broken, too.
Once the biggest problems are dealt with, you can begin to clear up the garden.
Start with the largest debris
The simplest way to manage the tidying is to hire a skip. You should begin by loading all the largest pieces of debris into it. This may include pieces of damaged doors, windows or roofing or it could consist entirely of large tree branches.
Once you’ve loaded the big bits of debris, assess how full the skip is and how much more you’ll be able to fit in it – now might be a good time to have your skip emptied and returned to you if it’s looking rather full.
Follow up with smaller bits
The smaller pieces of debris will take longer to pick up and you may wish to collect them with the help of a rake. Twigs, bits of shingle and wood, and plastic parts may be small but they will still clutter up the garden. Take the time to get as much of this debris out of the way as possible. The rake will help immensely.
All these smaller pieces may be added to the skip, where they can filter down through the large branches and pieces of wood to fill in the gaps.
Sweep the remnants
Finally, in areas where sweeping is practical, you can sweep up the dust and tiniest bits of debris. This is best for paths, driveways, and patios. The final cleaning will leave your garden looking put together once more and can help you forget the storm and leave it behind.
If you are dealing with storm damage, your neighbours likely are, too. It may be worth it to go together and hire a larger skip with everyone on the street. The cost will be less and everyone will have easy access to throw away the rubbish that has been collected in their gardens.