5 Ways to re-use everyday items in the garden

Recycled Bath to pond

Do you hate throwing things away and wish there was someway of reusing them instead? Check out our top 5 ways to re-use everyday items in the garden.

  1. CDs and DVDs: Re-use your old CD’s and DVD’s to make bird-scarers by threading them onto individual strings and then attaching them to a washing-line across areas of your vegetable garden which suffer from birds eating the crop.  In some areas you will find that this has a limited effect, since the birds seem to have become used to such tactics but they can be supplemented with recycled wind chimes or other noisy devices if the neighbours don’t object!
  2. Bathtubs, sinks and buckets: These old bathroom items can be bulky and hard to dispose of but why not get them in the garden, they make excellent ponds when sunk into the ground.  With a little care you can cultivate a rich ecosystem in your pond and attract frogs and toads, which will then prove very effective at reducing the numbers of slugs on your plot.  Add some pond weed to keep the water clean together with old logs or pieces of wood which the frogs can use to climb out, as recycled tubs tend to have very slippery sides.  Finally, don’t forget to make the pond safe if children are going to be around: either fence it off or cover it with a metal grid.
  3. Reuse Plastic Bottles: We all end up with lots of plastic bottles, but fear not, we can use them to create an amazing Vertical Garden. We recommend using 2 litre drink bottles as they work best and look stunning when the project is complete. Reusing your bottles to create a vast and impressive vertical garden is a simple and low-budget way to beautify your garden. In addition to your bottles, you’ll need clothesline, twine or picture wire.
  4. Old tires: Old tires can be used to make the perfect planters because they’re sturdy and deep enough for plants to take root. Utilising tires to create your own garden is not only a smart idea, but it’s eco-friendly. Reduce, reuse, recycle – and you’re hitting all those with these fun planters! Whether it’s a herb garden or organic veggies you’re planning, tire planters are the way to go!
  5. Shipping Pallets:  Shipping Pallets can be used to make many different features in your garden, from furniture to shelf’s but have you tried using them as planters?A shipping pallet is simply perfect for providing a rugged yet chic look to your garden area. The best thing about reusing shipping pallets for planters is you do not need to do much work, like dismantling or reconstructing the pallet.  You simply need to put the pallet vertically and fill it with plants, how simple and useful is that?

Fancy trying any of the featured tips? or maybe this post has sparked an idea of a way to recycle an item that you have been holding on to, why not get in touch and see how we can help. We have a team of qualified and experienced Gardeners who love being creative and have both the knowledge and the tools to bring your vision to life.

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