9 Ways to Use Tea Bags in Your Yard

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Tea bags have more than one purpose, from beauty to cleaning to home remedies.

You might have heard about a tea bag use as a remedy for eye afflictions, toothaches, or razor burn. Did you know tea bags are good for greenery too?

They make a great addition to all your plant-related endeavors.

Here are the ways you can use this world’s most popular drink in your garden:

1. Compost

Tea helps in speeding up the decomposition process of organic matter. You can add paper or muslin tea bags to the compost pile. For non-biodegradable bags slit them open and use the moist tea leaves in your compost.

2. Fertilizer

Roses love tea fertilizer, as well as houseplants and garden plants like ferns. So, brew up some tea or mix damp black tea leaves into the soil, or spread it around the base of the plant. Keep in mind that tea’s acidity might not be beneficial for plants that need neutral or alkaline soil.

3. Outdoor Remedies

You can treat poison ivy, sunburn, or bug bites with tea bags. For stings and bites use a used and cooled tea bag to relieve itching, or sting. You can make tea and add it to lukewarm water in a bath. Soak up its healing properties to treat poison ivy or sunburn.

4.Garden Pests

Rodents and cats don’t like the smell. You can also keep bugs and snails away with some tea leaves sprinkled into the soil. Caffeine contained in your tea can keep pests from eating or urinating on your garden turf.

5. Fungus Fighter

Water your plants with diluted brewed tea to prevent fungicide. Chamomile is special for dispatching fungus from plants as it works amazing. Steep a few bags of chamomile tea for 16 to 24 hours before using a spray or watering solution.

6. Lawn Fixer

You can soak grass seed in brewed tea before sprinkling in your yard. Or, you can plant used tea bags in dirt with fresh grass seed to help new grassy hairs sprout.

7. Sprout Seeds

You can also germinate seeds inside of teabags to get your plant started. Dampen the bags, slice them open, and place 1 seed inside of each bag. Put them in sunlight and keep them moist until seeds start to sprout.

8. Water & Dirt Retainer

Tea bags can help you keep dirt in the pot and retain water as well. If planted in soil holes, tea bags help to keep roots moist upon planting seeds.

9. Weed Killer

You can turn loose leaves or bag of a tea into a weed-killing solution. Simply, apply brewed black tea to weeds, or make a tea recipe of citrus, tea, and water. You can also use black tea steeped in a jar of vinegar and orange rind.

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