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.