Caring for succulents and decorative potted plants Pleasanton Livermore

CARE TIPS

Keeping your plants healthy and beautiful

Java Cycling

Nothing like a hot cup of Joe to get you going in the morning, right?  But that is only one of the many benefits of your morning pick-me-up!

Did you know you can reuse the coffee grounds?

In your garden…

Used coffee grounds can be used to fight off bugs that live around your outdoor plants and trees.  Sprinkle a ring of coffee grounds around the edges of your plants to kill yard pests without poisoning the ecosystem.  Coffee grounds are inexpensive, non-toxic and, in small doses, will not injure pets, small children, or the environment.  If you are not a coffee drinker at home, check with local coffee shops about taking some of their used grounds home.  If you have a concern about plants in the area you are treating, neutralize the acidic content of the coffee grounds by mixing them with four parts shredded leaves or potting soil to one part coffee grounds.  Plants such as rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen and camellias that prefer acidic soils will appreciate the straight leftovers from your morning cup.  Sometimes, when the weather turns dry, ants will head for your house in search of water and food.  Consider sprinkling a good amount in dirt and lawn that is next to your house to create a protective barrier.  Kitties using your flower beds and garden as ther personal powder room?  No problem, sprinkle grounds mixed with orange peels around your plants and you will have an eco-friendly kitty repellent that won’t harm them.

Household uses:

Turn those java beans into a grease busting machine.   Instead of throwing away the coffee grounds from your morning brew, use them this summer to scrub the gunk off your grill and greasy pans.  Steep some grounds in a small amount of water and use a cotton swab to touch up furniture scratches.  Flush them down your drains and let the abrasive action clean your pipes.  (Not recommended for septic systems).  For an odor repellent, spread a thin layer on a cookie sheet and dry them thoroughly.  Fill old nylons with dry grounds, and tie off the ends.  Hang in closets to absorb odors.  Works in the refrigerator as well.  Before you clean out the fireplace, toss wet coffee grounds over the ashes to keep the ask dust under control as you remove them so you are not breathing in the dust!