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The storm has passed, now the clean-up begins: Essential tools and tips to help you clean up your yard.

After a storm, your yard may look like a disaster zone with fallen branches, scattered leaves, and debris everywhere. Restoring your yard to its pre-storm beauty can be a daunting task, but with the right tools—brushcutters, chainsaws, and blowers—you can make the process efficient and manageable. Here’s how to tackle the cleanup:

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1. Assess the Damage

Before you start, take a walk around your yard to assess the damage. Identify the areas with the most debris, and make a mental note of any hazardous situations, like downed power lines or large trees that need professional removal.

2. Safety First

Safety should always be your priority. Wear protective gear, including gloves, safety glasses, long sleeves, and sturdy boots. Make sure you understand how to operate each tool properly and safely.

3. Using Brushcutters

Brushcutters are perfect for tackling overgrown areas and thick brush.

  • Clear the Underbrush: Start with the areas that have thick vegetation. Brushcutters can easily handle tall grass, weeds, and small saplings.

  • Be Methodical: Work in sections to ensure you cover every part of your yard. This will make it easier to manage the debris later.

4. Chainsaws for Larger Debris

Chainsaws are essential for cutting through large branches and fallen trees.

  • Cut Branches into Manageable Pieces: Begin by cutting larger branches into smaller, more manageable pieces. This makes it easier to move them to a disposal area.

  • Tackle Fallen Trees: If you have fallen trees, use the chainsaw to section them off. Be mindful of the tree's tension and compression points to avoid the saw getting stuck.

5. Blowers for the Final Touch

Blowers are great for clearing leaves and smaller debris.

  • Clear Pathways and Driveways: Use the blower to clear leaves and small debris from pathways, driveways, and other hard surfaces.

  • Gather Debris into Piles: Blow leaves and smaller debris into piles for easy collection and disposal.

6. Dispose of Debris Properly

Once you've gathered all the debris, it's time to dispose of it.

  • Compost the Organic Matter: If you have a compost bin, add the leaves and small branches to it. This turns your waste into valuable compost for your garden.

  • Use Yard Waste Services: Many communities offer yard waste collection services. Check your local guidelines for the proper way to dispose of larger branches and tree trunks.

7. Regular Maintenance

To minimize the damage from future storms, maintain your yard regularly.

  • Trim Trees and Bushes: Keep trees and bushes trimmed to prevent large branches from falling.

  • Clear Dead Wood: Remove dead or weak branches regularly to reduce the amount of debris after a storm.

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Cleaning up your yard after a storm doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With brushcutters, chainsaws, and blowers, you can efficiently tackle the mess and restore your yard to its former glory. Remember to prioritize safety, work methodically, and dispose of debris properly. Good luck with your clean up.

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