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Cleaning Out Dead Leaves and Debris From Under Our Jasmine Bushes

We purchased a home 2 years ago that has established jasmine as part of the front yard landscape. It's got a lot of dead leaves, debris, and some branches that appear to be dead. How do we clear out the leaves so that we can fertilize the planting? It was very pretty the year before last; not so much now. It was possibly planted when the home was built in or around 2003.

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March 31, 20190 found this helpful

I use a long-handled rake to clean out mine.

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March 31, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks Judy. Our Jasmine bushes are too dense to use a rake. We've been on our hands and knees trying to clean out the base of our rather large planting but even that's going to take forever..........

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March 31, 20191 found this helpful

We used to have one of those leaf things that had a bag and could blow leaves away or vacuum them up. Perhaps you could use one of them to get the loose stuff out and then take a tree pruner (the one we have is adjustable) and snip out the dead stuff that isn't loose.

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April 1, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks very much. We have a leaf blower that does both so will try that. Thanks again; have a wonderful day!

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March 31, 20192 found this helpful

First of all I would cut back the branches of the Jasmine bush, don't worry they will grow back , to where you can easily rake underneath the growth and if possible use a hand rake to clean around the roots.

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April 1, 20190 found this helpful

Great idea. We were worried that if we cut those back that appear to be dead they won't come back.

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Since it's early enough in the spring we'll go ahead now. Thanks so much.

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March 31, 20191 found this helpful

Do what you can with a leaf rake then put on a good set of garden gloves that protect against cuts etc (not the pretty fabric ones) and use your hands and the handheld garden forks (claws? I don't know what they are called.) I would wear long sleeves too. Get the last little bit with leaf blower.

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April 1, 20190 found this helpful

Awesome. We'll give that a try. I've bought us both the long gloves that go up to the elbows for our rose and palm tree prunining. Have a great day!

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March 31, 20190 found this helpful

Hi,

I am sure that it is hard to get to. Can you possibly get an attachment for the water hose, and pressure spray all the debris from out from under the Jasmine? In any event, be careful of snakes if you are using a garden tool that is not as long as a rake.

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Blessings,

Robyn

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March 31, 20190 found this helpful

I've use two tools to clean debris from under my closely spaced arborvitae: a child's rake (which I broke) and an old full size rake from which I cut several tines off on either side to leave only enough to get between the trees. I agree with the reader who suggested trimming the trees up to aid in the process (and make things look neater) as well. Good luck!

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April 3, 20190 found this helpful

Leaf blower works best for the vining ones. Put an old sheet or cheap shower curtain to "catch and bag".

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