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Getting Rid of Garden Waste You Can’t Compost

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Garden Waste

Composting can be a great way to make use of your garden waste, if you have the space for a compost bin and the patience to wait for your grass clippings, leaves, twigs and vegetable peelings to break down. However, composting doesn’t work for everything in the garden. Two of the most common types of garden waste are weeds and soil, neither of which should be added to your compost bin.

Weeds

One type of garden waste you might not want to add to the normal compost bin is the invasive weeds you’ve just pulled up from the lawn or flowerbeds. The roots of these weeds can survive for a long time and if you dig them back into the soil with your homemade compost, they may spring back into life again. Rather than composting these weeds as you do your grass cuttings, you might want to weigh them down at the bottom of a water butt instead. Drowning the roots will prevent them from growing back and you will be able to use the nutrient rich water and mulch on your garden in just a few months. Growing some duckweed on the top of the water can help to prevent it from smelling too bad.

Soil

Adding soil to your compost bin would be a waste of time as it won’t turn into anything more nutritious. Arranging for a waste collection service to take any unwanted earth away is usually the best option if you need to get rid of it, but you should think ahead first. Landscaping can be as much about adding height as it is about removing soil to create ponds or sunken areas, so the soil you’ve just dug up could actually be very useful. If you’re planning on building raised beds, rockeries, or similar features, you should keep hold of all that free landscaping material. If you’re sure that you won’t need it, you can arrange for the excess soil to be taken away, along with any weeds or other waste you don’t want to deal with at home. Garden waste such as soil and weeds can usually be recycled or composted, so it won’t go to waste.


Tackling Spring Cleaning Without Major Upheaval

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Garden tidy upSpring is often the time when people have a big clearout and then a thorough deep clean of their home. After Christmas and an early Easter like this year homes can begin to feel like they are bursting at the seams. Spring cleaning can be a highly rewarding way of leaving a home decluttered and feeling refreshed – the idea being that clutter is removed and organised and everywhere is cleaned (even underneath and behind furniture!). However, the thought of spring cleaning might seem overwhelming to many people, especially for those working full time, with families or other commitments. Here are some tips on how to avoid major upheaval when spring cleaning…..

1) Have a plan: this might sound obvious but being prepared should help maintain focus. Having a plan of what needs to be achieved helps everyone involved stay on track and helps avoid procrastinating about where to start.

2) Have a designated area for waste disposal and recycling: whether it be clothes, clutter or rubbish, having an area in the home (albeit temporary) where items can be stored according to their destiny, helps free up areas when they have been organised and cleaned. It also means dealing with what needs to go promptly rather than hoarding.

3) Be ruthless: if you’re still keeping clothes from years ago in the hope you’ll either get into them again or that the fashion will come round again then now is the time to be ruthless. Keep only the clothes and items that are either meaningful, useful or currently in frequent use. In terms of clothing make sure everything you’re keeping fits and disregard everything else. For items of value consider including a selling pile but make sure that doesn’t turn into a hoarding pile. Be proactive and sell items quickly rather than putting it off for a rainy day.

4) If in doubt hire a professional!: getting going is hard when it comes to spring cleaning and many people simply don’t have the time or inclination to begin. Hiring a professional for all or parts of the task could prove useful, whether that’s a professional cleaner, a waste disposal company or an interior designer, sharing the load with an expert could help relieve stress.

 
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