If you were following our blog last year when we took part in Recycle now’s Pledge week, one of our finds was a roll of carpet that had been left in the garage.
We had every intention of using this in the house, but over the years of life getting in the way, the carpet got damp and started to go rotten; much to our shame.
Each year 500,000 tonnes of carpet waste is buried in UK landfills! Fortunately the garden can benefit from an old carpet in the following ways. As ever I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!
Weeds be gone
If you lay old carpet over bare soil it will help suppress weeds. You can leave it over a plot of land through out the winter before removing and digging over the following spring.
A hot compost heap is a happy compost heap. This winter, temperatures dropped to minus 12 around here. If you cover the compost heap, it helps to insulate it and keep the compost working throughout cold months.
use an old carpet to line a hole for a garden pond. This helps prevent the pond liner being damaged by small stones.
Protect your knees
Around our garden beds we have concrete slabs. That’s ok for me because I can squat easily, but for Mr G he needs to kneel. A piece of old carpet it ideal to keep his knees happy!
What about you – what other uses for old carpet can you come up with?