How to Set Up a Compost Bin

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How to Set Up a Compost Bin

Setting up a compost bin should be a must-do for every household. Not only does it lessen the amount of rubbish going into your garbage bin each week, but it contributes to the improvement and enhancement of your growing garden.

How do I set up my Compost Bin?

You don’t have to spend lots of money on creating one and you can get started quickly if you follow these easy guidelines. Choose a heavy-duty plastic bin that is tailor-made for compost or that you can drill holes all over at about 1cm intervals.

The key to creating compost is to layer the ingredients into the compost bin. Begin with about 10cm of a torn/shredded newspaper at the bottom of the container.

What can go in my Compost Bin?

Add a layer of green material including apple cores or fruit and veggie peelings. Follow this by adding items such as tea leaves and coffee grounds, with plant matter on top and some brown leaves and other decomposable leftovers.

Make sure to water the mass of organic matter, though not so much that it becomes drenched.

Where to place the Compost Bin?

It is also better if the compost is kept in a warmish area. Keep an eye on the bin and dampen when necessary to avoid drying out too much, remember to turn the natural goodness regularly, about once a month.

How much can I put in the Compost Bin?

The mixture will begin to break down quite quickly and the original height of the compost will begin to lower as it decays. It’s a good idea to keep adding more as the level diminishes, continually turning it when necessary.

When can I start using my Compost?

After a period of a few months, you will be able to use your beautiful, rich compost on your garden to promote the better health and care of your garden knowing the exact ingredients being used.

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The Importance of Sustainable Gardening

The Importance of Sustainable Gardening

The Importance of Sustainable Gardening

What is Sustainable Gardening?

Sustainability is a word that should be on every gardener’s lips. Sustainable gardening is a lifestyle with far reaching positive consequences for the garden and the environment. There are many beautiful choices one can make in order to practice a sustainable garden lifestyle, each one adding up to a macrocosm of gardening positivity.

How Do I Garden in A Sustainable Way?

There are many easy possibilities when changing habits and living more sustainably.

Some sensible choices include:

  • Grow native plants, fruits and vegetables that are particularly suited to your specific climate and growing season. You’ll stand a much better chance of creating a healthy plant if you grow in tune with the weather and environmental factors that surround you.
  • Compost your organic matter. Compost that is created using organic leftovers, especially bits and piece endemic to your particular area will materialise into wonderful, healthy sustenance for your garden. Seeing waste break down to create a rich mix of nutrients for your plants is a very satisfying outcome. Your plants will thank you for it.
  • Use age-old practices of traditional ways of gardening from the past. Avoiding toxic chemicals, sprays and modern dangerous ways of controlling garden problems means the integrity of how sustainably created your garden is will be compromised.
  • How about seed saving? Instead of buying chemically treated seeds each year, consider buying some heirloom seeds from which you can harvest seeds for the following growing season.
  • Design your garden to follow permaculture principles, whereby the gardener follows and utilises features seen in natural ecosystems=, where everything connects seamlessly.
  • Find a way to conserve water. Can you add a water tank to your garden? Or how about sensibly organised containers. Could you find a way to use grey water There’s so many watery ideas.
  • Think local. Can you grow in conjunction with other locals? Can you swap produce and involve the local community? Could you have a local food-fest or seed-swap? How can you make your street or suburb a place where people come together to make more of the natural environment, to see the intrinsic value in nature as it should be?

Sustainability should be the norm. Where everyone can get back to basics, see nature for the bounty and beauty it presents, whilst eschewing the toxic lifestyle that has become the norm to the detriment of ourselves and our environment.

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10 Hot Tips for Keeping Your Lawn Green

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10 Hot Tips for Keeping Your Lawn Green

There’s nothing that says you care about your lawn more than beautiful lush green lawn all year round. But gorgeous grass doesn’t just happen, it needs care and thought, but is easily achievable when you follow these ten simple, effective steps:

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1. Water, Water, Everywhere

It’s an important point to consider that you water your grass at the right time. Turning on the sprinklers in the heat of the midday sun will do nothing for your lawn. The water will evaporate, leaving your grass as thirsty as ever.

Choose to water your garden in the early morning when the day is coolest and the emerging root systems of the grass can absorb the water where they need it most.

2. Timing Is of The Essence

Giving your lawn water every day is not necessary, as it needs time to develop some hardiness and longevity. This can be developed by allowing your grass to have a good long soak approximately 2-3 times a week. The soak encourages strength and endurance, with implications for a more developed root system.

3. Careful Not to Waste

Ensure you aren’t wasting water when you feed your grass. If you water too long in the same place, you will create runoff. This not only bogs the grass down but is a waste of water. If you need to continually soak one area, at least turn your hose off, until all the extra water has been absorbed, before turning it on again. Try hard to make the watering even throughout the garden, for a more uniform outcome.

4. Your Path Doesn’t Need Water

A lot of water is often wasted, by way of soaking the path. Water can easily be re-directed to a more appropriate and useful area with careful observation. Keep an eye on where your watering is taking place, as sometimes the grass can be left totally dry, whilst your pathway becomes wet.

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5. Aeration Is the Key

Like every living thing, grass needs nutrients and oxygen. Without aeration, the lawn can become compacted, dry and cement-like. With the use of a simple garden fork, you can create small, but useful holes in your grass to allow filtration of all vital elements for lawn improvement. Water can be absorbed more readily as well as a variety of other growing elements.

6. Feed the Grass Properly

To improve your grass, it is a sensible idea to add appropriate fertiliser from time to time. Ensure that you read the finer details of your chosen fertiliser since some must be applied at certain times of the year, and in certain quantities.

Like the human body, what we put into our bodies, has a consequence for our health, the grass is the same, and benefits from carefully curated nourishment.

7. Shorter Isn’t Better

When considering the health of your lawn, shorter isn’t better. It’s vital that you mow at a height that suits the growth and development of your grass. If you cut it too short, it will brown and dry out leaving you with a barren wasteland. Cutting your grass, every 1-2 weeks at a height that leaves plenty of green on show is the best choice.

8. If It Rains

If it rains there may be no need to water, that is if the rain is sufficient enough to drench the grass and root system. If it’s a light sprinkling that barely wets the ground, you may find you need to help the lawn along somewhat

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9. Prevention Is Better than Cure

If your grass is springing weeds left, right and center, try to get rid of them in the earliest stages possible. Once they have taken hold, they can cause unsightly marks and holes in the grass and they can take over. It’s better to paint the wees with an appropriate substance rather than spraying them. The spray could also damage the surrounding grass.

10. Keep It Cool

Have you ever noticed that water left in a hose can get very warm? Hot even. When using the hose to water your lawn, ensure any remaining water has been tipped out so as not to squirt hot water onto the grass. Hot water can scald grass and kill it quickly, getting rid of any last droplets in the hose before you turn it on will prevent water burn.

Follow these ten very simple ideas and your grass will be a luxurious bed of gorgeous green in no time.

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How Often Do Australians Mow Their Lawns?

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How Often Do Australians Mow Their Lawns?

With a change in the way people live, mowing lawns have become somewhat of an interesting topic with thought-provoking results relating to how often people choose to mow their lawns. It’s not surprising in an era when people are working harder than ever, that lawn mowing can sometimes be overlooked, to the detriment of a beautiful garden landscape.

Australians, 21% choose to mow their grass approximately every 1 or 2 weeks, normally when the lawn begins to show signs of growth. A popular choice is hiring a professional to cut the lawn and alleviates the hassle of having to cut the grass yourself. 19.7% of the lawn owners in Australia find this a choice that works for them.

A tinier number resort to cutting the grass themselves, but only when strictly necessary. When grass reaches a height where it can become hazardous or unsightly, 16.6 % will reach for the mower.  A large 11% find the time and inclination to cut their grass once or more per week, with 1 in 5 paying someone else and the younger millennial generation making a strong contribution to lawn upkeep.

Queenslanders cut their grass the most, with South Australians pulling up in the last place for lawn upkeep. And whilst Tasmania and Victoria hold the place for most rainfall, they don’t hold the winning position for most frequent grass trimming.

Having a beautiful lawn can be a real showstopper, join the Queensland winners and keep your lawn looking a picture all year round.

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