How to Use Brown Paper Bags for Gardening

Many people won’t realise this, but the organic composition of brown paper bags really makes them a viable option for gardening. As they will decompose naturally, they can be used to offer a variety of features in and around soil beds – so much so that many garden centres are starting to stock these types of accessories.

Depending on the task at hand the use for the bags will differ, but here are a few ideas that can allow them to be put to immediate use.

Lining soil

When a fresh layer of soil is due to be applied to a garden, the last thing that you’ll want to see is weeds taking hold. Not only can these pesky plants be a nuisance; they will often absorb most of the moisture and nutrients from the soil around them. Brown bags are ideal for use as a shield or weed-guard, as they can be very difficult to pierce – without deterring water from being able to flow further underground.

Enhancing mulch

Most gardeners will rely on mulch in one way or another – and paper bags can certainly help with the results of the decomposition process. As they are organic they won’t detract from the natural nutrients present in mulch; and they will also be able to ensure that water is contained inside of a mulch bin, aiding decomposition and then adding their own nutritional properties (depending on the tree that was used in their manufacture).

Storing waste

As far as garden waste goes, the last thing that you’ll want to do is to store it in plastic bags that will only end up in a dump. Instead, using a paper bag can help to ensure that all components are organic – and so they can be burnt, stored, or used as a fertilizer once decomposed fully. As long as they are kept away from water, there’s no reason why they couldn’t store garden waste for weeks, which can be very beneficial for those wanting to recycle their off-cuts and stray leaves.

The Differences between Blind Pulley Systems

Most modern blinds will function in one of three ways. They will either possess a set of pulleys, a consistent threading mechanism, or a rod that can be rotated.

All systems will offer similar functionalities (to open and close roller blinds and shutters). The way in which each type works will vary however and understanding how each option works can go a long way in choosing the right blind for your needs. We’ll be taking a closer look at the unique way in which each of the three types work, as well as the functions that they suit the most.

Pulley systems

These types of options are very versatile and can be used in homes and commercial premises in equal measure. They typically appear in the form of two individual strings – one that can be pulled down to raise the other (which will then roll the blind up, or down). The biggest benefit of this type of system is that if one piece breaks, or suffers with damage, it can be replaced easily without affecting the other string.

Consistent roller systems

Similar in nature to the above system, a consistent roller will instead work by being pulled in one direction to raise a blind, and then the other direction to lower it. The pulleys will be connected to one another to allow for a circular motion which can be continuously pulled to the full length of a blind. Although string is commonly used, there are heavier duty alternatives that rely on the threading of beads. These can be much more durable and can last for years with minimal trouble.

Rotating rod systems

These types of blind controls are ideal for shutters that use lightweight materials. They can struggle if heavier resources are used instead, such as hardwood and metal. The rods are typically attached to a component that allows them to swivel up to 360 degrees. By turning the rod in one direction, the internal mechanisms will rotate the blinds either up, or down.

Other types of blinds

Although the above three are the most common, there is another type that relies on the combined features of the aforementioned options. These blinds will often feature a pulley system, as well as a rod. The pulleys will allow the entire blind to be raised and lowered, whilst the rod will make it easy to swivel the individual panels so as to allow light in, or deter it.

These shutters can often be fairly fragile in nature and it’s uncommon to find any material outside of aluminium in their manufacture. That being said, they are still ideal for use within homes – particularly bedrooms and bathrooms. The final thing to consider is that different blinds will pose varying values.

This mainly relates to the type of material used in the construction, as opposed to the way in which the blind works. Wood shutters are often the most expensive, followed by aluminium and then plastic (PVC). Aesthetics may be important, but functionality is always worth prioritising, especially if you’re keen to ensure that your blinds remain usable well in to the future.