Five Uses For: Coffee Grounds

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If you’re like me, the coming of spring and warm temperatures has zero say on your ability to consume coffee, but here are five ways you may not have thought of to dispose of the leftover grounds while putting them to good use.  

  1. Shake coffee grounds around Roses, Cactus, Rhododendrons, and Camellias in place of a seasonal fertilizer and plant food for beautiful blooms on a budget. 
  2. Toss the grounds around in your lawn in the bald spots in place of fertilizer, and watch the grass recover and patch itself back up. 
  3. Brew something up that worms can’t resist, and catch your own live bait for fishing trips.  Coffee grounds make excellent worm food in your composting areas, but you can scatter the grounds in open areas, or around the edges of your lawn to trick worms into braving the open air. 
  4. Create an ant proof barrier under a door or outside a window sill with a line of coffee grounds.  Ants do not like the smell of coffee, and can be trained from using cracks in your foundation, window sills, and doorways as entrances with liberally sprinkled grounds at their point of entry. 
  5. Beat the Spring snow with coffee grounds sprinkled over steps, and decking to encourage quick melting, and give traction in slippery areas.  Ground coffee is a great safe alternative to commercial ice melt products that can harm your wooded structures, and plants.
Your Thoughts:  There are dozens more ways to get added mileage from your coffee grounds, what do you use yours for?
 
Photo courtesy of D’Arcy Norman

“Green Stake; Biodegradable Landscape Stakes” Review

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To summarize this product in one word, these landscape stakes are wonderful! The first 100% biodegradable landscape tool on the market, these stakes are designed to replace the use of metal turf staples that are on the market today with a stronger and more eco-friendly alternative! They are a great “green” solution for the lawn care professional, and the home and garden warrior alike.

GreenStake’s Pitch:

  • Green Stakes are 100% biodegradable within 8-24 months of installation, leaving no harmful residue.
  • They are designed to be 45% stronger, with more holding power than metal staples because of their design.
  • They cut down on lawn mower repair with landscape pins that dissolve in the turf, and do not become entangled in machinery.
  • Green Stakes reduce human and animal injury on golf courses and public areas, since they are not a tripping hazard, and cannot entrap unwary animals in metal hoops or parts.
  • These stakes save contractors time and money that used to be spent on return visits to job sites to remove metal sod staples after grass becomes established. For homeowners, these Green Stakes save them from the removal time as well, and give the homeowners peace of mind since the pins are safe around kids and pets
  • This tool has as many uses as a traditional sod staple, and is available for a similar price.