Harrington Townsend

Dave and Lillian Brummet, authors of the book Trash-talk, offer a free service called Tip of the Month where readers can learn new reduction and re-use a few ideas that will cut costs for your home and office on the site (http://www.sunshinecable.com/~drumit). Listed below are the favourite Tip Picks of 2005.

May possibly 2005

Cardboard works ideal for weed control in the yard or garden. Construct the flattened cardboard first ensuring to overlap it by at the very least six inches. If the weeds are very established or if your weeds are a lot more like small shrubs, do a double or even triple-layer to ensure nothing grows through. We found that it is far better wet the cardboard having a sprinkler to soften it before using the top layer of bark mulch or gravel so the cardboard will settle in and smother all the weeds completely. In less than one year the cardboard may have composted right into a rich loamy soil as the weeds have been killed off by lack of air and sunlight. Because it also breaks down through the years basically fill up the bark mulch occasionally.

September 2005

Vinyl shower curtains reused make good shed cloths for painting tasks. In the garden they may be used as line addresses for tender spring plants (each time a cold night intends). Like costly landscape material use curtains to manage weeds in garden beds. Cut an X at each plant area, plant, then close the X around the plant stem. Cover the complete sheet with stones, gravel or bark mulch.

April 2005

Promote reading in your area, reduce litter around your home and your share of waste in the landfill, save yourself a buck or two and benefit a charity when you are at it. Just how are you supposed to do all of this?

Management of used books and journals is an extremely environmental and community conscious thing for folks to be involved in. Extending the life of books and magazines is easily attained by taping the binding and edges of the covers.

Proceed through your closets and bookshelves and search for most of the books and magazines that you no further read. Any selection, shelters for the hospitals, disadvantaged and missions are all areas to con-sider for offering. Make use of the key phrases book contribution in a search-engine to find places to contribute to. Listed below are just a couple sites: