How winter changes your backyard and how to keep it alive.

How Winter Changes Your Backyard and Why You’ll Want a Dumpster Come Spring

Winter is a wonderful, beautiful season necessary in most parts of the world for the natural environment to flourish; unfortunately, our precisely-landscaped lawns, gardens, and outdoor structures aren’t always included in the ‘flourishing’ facet of the season. We all know that colder temperatures, less and weaker sunlight, and snowy, icy precipitation causes dormancy in most plants, but that most don’t die over the winter. Despite a lot of winter changes, your yard will likely make a comeback on its own!

So why would you need a dumpster in the spring?

Even if you think that you won’t need something as large as a dumpster (and Moon offers sizes as small as 6 yards for all dumpster needs), remember that bulky yard waste might not be accepted by your neighborhood garbage services, and that dumping yard waste can be illegal and have negative consequences on the environment by damaging native plants, lowering soil quality, and spreading invasive plant species.

So, even though lawns are quite resilient with the correct care and environmentally-adjusted greenery choices, the amount of work that will need to be put in when springtime comes around again depends heavily on a lot of different factors, such as:

  • The amount of pre-winter lawncare you took part in
  • The type and longevity of precipitation and weather that you experience during the winter months
  • What your vision for your springtime yard is
  • How long you’re willing to wait for full lawn recovery

Based on these components, here are some very common winter changes that make a good reason for getting a dumpster for your springtime yard revival so that you can save time, money, and effort!

Fallen Sticks and Limbs

Especially if you had periods of heavy precipitation followed by large amounts of snow, you sometimes might not even be aware of what lurks under the undisturbed blankets of snow until it all melts. Sticks and limbs that fall during the winter might be too water-damaged to use in backyard fires by the time you get around to it, and can fill up your yard waste bin pretty quickly if you choose to try and fit them there.

Deck Damage

The combination of heavy ice, trampled snow, and trickles of water that sit on it all winter, your deck is a very important item to check when it clears off, especially if it’s old or was already showing signs of weakness and damage before the winter. Don’t wait for injuries to happen! If you do decide that its time for a new surface and DIY the breakdown, we have a dumpster size to fit your project!

Dead Plants

Not all plants are suitable for long winters, and there are always other factors that can have a hand in taking even the most resilient plants out. Weighty ice can break down stems and support, salt from de-icers can cause dehydration and salt burns, deep frost can destroy a plant or tree’s central root system, and late frost can be a silent killer when you think you’re in the clear.

Critter Damage

While looking for a snug, snow-free home for the winter, backyard critters might cause some accidental decimation in your yard. You might find that shrubs and trees have been stripped for food or sit on top of newly-dug hole-homes that create structural instability. While most of this damage has the potential to be reversible, if your yard was a hotspot for wildlife, there might be some greenery that just won’t make a comeback in the spring. Winter changes to your yard aren’t always caused by the weather!

Frost Cracks

In a lot of cases regarding frost cracks in trees from water infiltrating the wood and expanding when it freezes, there won’t be any need for removal. But if you notice structural instability in a very young or very old tree that is dying from too many, too often and can’t take the stress, you might want to consider removal and replacement. If you aren’t convinced, here’s 5 Reasons to Remove Dead Trees from Your Yard.

Matted Grass

After months of packed-in snow, ice, and little feet pitter-pattering everything into an even more compact layer, you should expect your grass to look a little worse for wear. With some help from tips on lawncare in the late winter and early spring, your grass should come back nice and strong. But to help aerate and groom it, raking any loose debris is recommended by most lawncare experts! If you have a big yard, that might be a big job – too much for a regular yard waste bin.

New Weed Growth

Finally, after a winter off-duty from weed watching, pulling, and spraying, these pesky plants will be some of the first to pop up and thrive in the warming temperatures and increased sunlight. Once you’ve psyched yourself up for the job, Moon dumpsters is here to haul it all away!

Moon Has Your Back This Spring

Backyard winter changes aren’t all bad and they also aren’t all so serious that drastic measures must be taken. But, as seen above, there are many ways that changes could need a dumpster. Moon has you covered!

Consider renting a Moon Mini Dumpster, no matter what size project you choose to undertake. Our driveway dumpsters come in 6, 9, 12, 16, 20, 30, and 40 cubic yard capacities. Affordable and lightweight, a dumpster will be delivered directly to you and placed on boards for surface protection. We are environmentally-friendly, locally-owned, and willing to work with any time frame. Give us a call at 502-772-2821 to learn more!

Budget Backyard Makeover Tips for Renovation and Remodeling

How To Do a Backyard Makeover on A Budget

Owning a house is expensive.

Not just the initial buy, or the materials needed to move, or upkeep of the existing features of the house – but the renovations needed can put a real ding in your wallet. Now, not all renovations or upgrades are necessary for a house to be functional – such as backyard makeover – but the appearance of the house can have a real effect on overall happiness and satisfaction in your home.

Besides, it’s your home, why shouldn’t it look the way you want to?

Especially when it comes to backyards – which can play a big part in hosting social gatherings, creating a safe, fun place for you, your children, and your pets to play around in, and vastly increasing a property’s value – renovation expenses can rack up pretty quickly.

To help you remodel on a budget, we’ve compiled a small list of Dos and Don’ts to keep your costs down while still revamping your backyard’s look for the better.


Use What You Have

We know it’s hard doing DIY renovations with little experience and limited time in your day, but using what you already have is one of the best ways to keep costs to a minimum when remodeling.

A lot of the ‘renovations have to be expensive’ stigma stems from the fact that everyone wants new stuff. New wood, new playhouses, new decks, new furniture, new grills – while they might be easier and reflect exactly what you want with minimal work on your part, unfortunately, low-budget renovations don’t allow for all new materials.

Luckily, unless there’s seen or unseen damage to what you have already available and installed in your yard, most of the times, they can be great starts to DIY fixer uppers. Dreary concrete decks can be painted or made the base to an over-lay material to give it a new look, old furniture can be repainted, repurposed, or reupholstered, and broken wood can be torn down for space and repurposing in another part of the yard.

There are plenty of step-by-step tutorials on the internet for crafty, thrifty flip projects to follow!

Add Lighting

Depending on where you live, rainy seasons and longer periods of darkness can put a real damper on how your backyard looks. How can it look good if you can’t see it?

Putting up simple lighting solutions could be the solution or just the first step in your yard renovations. String lights, lanterns, path lighting, stair lighting, and spot lighting can be just the en’light’ening detail your backyard needs to look like a completely different space.

Just make sure you take into account the raised energy bills, unless the lighting runs on solar power!

Define your Spaces

By allocating designated areas to your backyard layout, you can easily make a far more appealing and aesthetic space. You can even go a step further and physically define those areas – colored mulch makes for a great ground cover around garden areas or play areas, and metal, brick, or stone edges for landscaping and garden areas can protect against ground overgrowth and section off non-grassy areas to keep it full and to itself. Lawncare technique can also lend to definition by weed-eating rigid lines around your property line, house walls, and deck areas. Keeping storage spaces available in each sections can mitigate debris and enhance the visual appearance of your yard – for example, keeping dog toys, children’s’ toys, and grill equipment in bins and bigger items like mowers and bikes in sheds or nooks around the yard.

Installing yard and garden pathways is also a powerful way to establish lines and a hierarchy of importance in your yard, as well as providing a safe walking area that won’t carve unintentional paths through your grass. These can be DIYed with stone, wood, gravel, mulch, with edges and without, flat, raised, built-in or freestanding – whatever floats your boat and fits your style and budget!

Make a Color-Code

Similar to interior design, having a color-code to your backyard can have an immense effect on the remodeling of your space. This color palate can apply to just about anything – from plants to décor to ground materials. With a few cans of spray paint, you can repaint furniture, plant pots, stones, pathways, sheds (which might take a little more than spray paint), tables, even walls and accents to compliment each other and sharpen up your yard’s aesthetic. Reupholstering or finding some new cushions and outdoor rugs to match each other can also make a huge difference in bringing your yard’s look together.

Don’t be afraid to plant colorfully, as well! If you’re someone who can’t keep plants alive, plant some low-maintenance landscaping plants instead of sweating over a garden that might not be suited for your climate.

Think Vertical

A pretty distinct way to embellish your yard landscape is to think vertically – height distinguishes and de-monotonizes your land so that you can highlight some parts with natural décor, color, and dimension while leaving others flat for your use. Some components that contribute to height can include:

  • Boulders
  • Trees
  • Vertical Vines
  • Vertical or Raised Gardens

This variation in height and depth can both assist in that definition concept and create natural places for the eye to rest when wandering instead of just a flat space. If rain is a big climate factor where you live, you can also plant a rain garden or engineer a landscape that utilizes rain water for plants, ponds, fountains, or rain-water pools.


Don’t Think ‘One and Done’

The first step and last of any renovation project is always maintenance. Clearing off ground spaces, keeping the yard clear from debris, washing stains off furniture and walls, and keeping up with your lawncare is an essential part of remodeling and backyard makeovers – the initial clean will make a difference in and of itself!

Pressure washers can be rented by themselves from most hardware stores, or local pressure washing services can do the job for you – either way, they’re a great way to freshen up your deck, patio, accent walls, fences, and exterior walls and they work on most materials so that you can get a perspective of how much money you really need to put into investing in anything new to replace things that just haven’t been upkept.

Don’t Discount Used or Bargain Materials

If you’re looking into refreshing your style entirely, sometimes the traditional stores and avenues of purchase aren’t the cheapest. Bargain stores may offer building materials and décor at a discounted price if they don’t sell well enough in primary home improvement and hardware stores, and you should always check around the community to see if anyone is selling used materials that you could repurpose. Estimates aren’t always accurate, and there may have been too much material bought for someone else’s remodeling project, or it might be the material being replaced that’s being sold, but either way, it will probably be cheaper than buying it new and in-store.

Décor, furniture, and the like are nearly always being sold online in marketplaces, groups, and designated individual buyer to seller websites – even if it’s not brand new, it will still be new to your space, and you might even find a match for your color palate that you couldn’t find in-store.

Don’t Use Temporary Solutions or Materials

There are plenty of quick fix improvements out there that work perfectly fine for small projects or place-holders while more permanent solutions are being funded or researched – a backyard makeover should not be a renovation of quick fixes and temporary solutions. Exposed to the elements and frequently used, oftentimes, they deteriorate at a far faster pace than any indoor project, which means that a temporary renovation may end up being more temporary than you expected and drain your finances if you intend to keep replacing it with something similar.

If you want to create a lasting backyard makeover – shoot for durable, quality solutions. Stick and peel wallpaper for your accent walls or sheds won’t last nearly as long as a coat of paint or a layer of siding, so if your budget runs out, no matter how much work you have left, rebuild some funds and continue the work with quality solutions instead of taking cuts that will cost you more in the future.

Don’t Ignore Proper Lawn Cultivation

As stated before, one of the most important aspects to a backyard makeover and renovations in general is keeping your work clean and cared for after the fact – otherwise you’ll be right back to where you started a few months later. If the actual lawn is an area of focus for your remodel, make sure you over-seed patchy parts only to get a consistent growth instead of seeding the entire yard, and keep it hydrated so that it grows right the first time.

If you change the makeup of your lawn entirely – like substituting your grass for natural materials such as moss, clover, mint, or thyme – search for methods that don’t force you to tear up your entire lawn with expensive tools and your valuable time. Aeration replacement is a practice where you punch holes in certain areas to fill with your substitute seeds and let it outgrow your grass.

Consider where you live and decide what kind of lawn will be best – there are plenty of grass alternatives that don’t require mowing if you don’t want to pay for gas, don’t require high amounts of water for drought areas, or contribute to the native wildlife for areas that are home to endangered species.

Don’t Leave Materials Out to Become Dingy

Clean, clean, clean – it’s the name of the game for a backyard makeover. When you choose décor materials the first time around, skip any fabric that will soak through and become dingy or susceptible to mildew, and make sure any wooden accent items and furniture are properly stained and weather-protected – no one wants rotting wood, soaked cushions, smelly rugs, or dirty surfaces ruining their hard remodeling work. Investing in some type of covering if your area is not already placed under balconies or open garages can solve weather-related problems and keep your newly-renovated areas safe, such as:

  • Tents
  • Umbrellas
  • Tree Cover
  • Pergolas
  • Mesh nets
  • Galvanized Panels
  • Awnings

Proper Disposal

However you choose to go about your backyard makeover, one thing is for certain – you’re likely to have some sort of waste. Instead of leaving it in a pile until you have time for it, deal with it immediately so that you can finish out your project strong.

Make sure you check your local disposal service and their terms, though, because not all pick-up services will accept certain types or sizes of waste, which leaves the responsibility to you, once again. If you choose to transport your waste yourself, be sure you have the correct safety equipment and proper transportation, so that your discarded yard waste doesn’t end up scattered in your car or all over the road.

One way to avoid this is to hire a dumpster service – that’s where Moon Mini Dumpsters comes in.

We’ll deliver your dumpster, which is offered in sizes:

  • 6 yard (10ft x 4ft x 4ft)
  • 9 yard (10ft x 8ft x 3.5ft)
  • 12 yard (11ft x 8ft x 4ft)
  • 16 yard (12ft x 8ft x 5ft)
  • 20 yard (15ft x 8ft x 5ft)
  • 30 yard (22ft x 8ft x 6ft)
  • 40 yard (22ft x 8ft x 7.5ft)

And then when you’re finished, we’ll pick it up again to transport any waste material you may have to the proper disposal locations! It eliminates the last steps so that you can sit back and relax in your newly remodeled backyard. Let us finish up your project for you!

Consider renting a Moon Mini Dumpster, no matter what size project you choose to undertake. Our driveway dumpsters come in 6, 9, 12, 16, 20, 30, and 40 cubic yard capacities. Affordable and lightweight, a dumpster will be delivered directly to you and placed on boards for surface protection. We are environmentally-friendly, locally-owned, and willing to work with any time frame. Give us a call at 502-547-1974 to learn more!