How To Reuse Tea Bags In The Garden
FaithTap Staff 6/17/2017
It might take a backseat to its more famous cousin, coffee, but drinking a cup of tea makes up the morning routine for many of us. Not only is a healthy alternative, but it can keep serving it's purpose long after the cup is gone.
Whatever your reasons to drink tea, there is always the question of what to do with the leftover tea bag. For most of us, the norm is to toss it in the garbage can. But did you know that there are several ways to reuse the tea bag in the garden?
Here is a list of 8 creative ways to recycle a tea bag outside once it's already served its purpose:
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Tea bags are usually made from natural fibers and will easily disintegrate when tossed in your compost bin along with all the other food and vegetable scraps. The same can be done for loose leaf tea which is often used with a reusable metal or plastic infuser. It is said that the acid in the tea grounds can also speed up the overall decomposition period inside the compost bin!
While us humans love the smell of a brewed cup of tea, most plant pests are not very big fans of it. So, if you keep a garden, try sprinkling the used tea ground around the plants that attract frequent pests; chances are the smell of the tea will keep them away.
Going along with the suggestion above, adding tea ground to the soil in your yard or garden not only keeps the pests away but will also add nutrients back into the soil. It is considered a natural fertilizer much like the coffee grounds you might have used for a similar purpose.
There are expensive products on the market that when added to soil help plants retain and store water for a longer period of time. You can save some money and use your tea bag instead which can accomplish similar results. Just bury the used bag near the root system and watch it work!
Keep Urinating Animals At Bay
Animals, especially cats, can be a huge problem since they tend to urinate around plants. A way to go about the problem is to sprinkle tea ground around the plant. Sources claim that cats are not big fans of the smell of tea, so it will keep them from using your garden as a toilet.
Many of us have experienced the occasional bald spot in our lawns and trying to regrow grass in that small patch ends up being harder than predicted. Many gardeners claim that a tea bag can be the secret weapon. Simply scatter the grass seeds in the bald spot and cover area with moist tea bag(s). Not only will the tea bag decompose and disappear, but it will add moisture and nutrients to help the seeds grow quickly!
Make A Tea Brew
Common plants like azaleas, ferns and hydrangeas, which are frequently found in most yards, are considered acid loving plants. So, to facilitate an even healthier growth, soak multiple used tea bags overnight and use that "tea-brew" to water the plants every few days!
Worms might be slimy and squirmy little critters, but when it comes to your soil's health, they really are super stars. Thankfully, worms love eating up tea and digesting it into more nutrient rich output that can help the soil become richer in nutrients needed to grow healthy plants.
Some advice to remember while following any of these tips is to make sure the tea bag is not soaked in dairy and sugar. If that's the case, you are better off rinsing the bag before using it for any one of the ways listed above.
We hope that we have given you some great ideas on how to recycle your used tea bags! Not only are these creative uses easy, but they are all natural ways to help your garden grow all the while keeping tea bags out of landfills.
Sources: DIY Everywhere, Plant Care Today Facebook Image Source: Faithtap