Coffee grounds have long been used as fertilizer for plants. They can be added to existing or new garden beds. The grounds will run off and keep out ants, garden snails and slugs from your gardening beds.

How grounds benefit plants

Coffee grounds provide plants with many of essential nutrients including magnesium, calcium and nitrogen. Theses nutrients are very beneficial to plants and are often found in fertilizers. The grounds can add a significant amount of acidity to the soil. Blueberries, roses, and gardenias are a few plants known to love acidic soil. Using coffee grounds for other plants may prove to be harmful. Before adding the grounds to any plant research it and learn if acidic soil is preferred.

Other benefits included making the soil easier to till, which is good news if you’re no longer a teenager with a strong back. Worms eat coffee grounds and are quite beneficial to have in your garden. The worms spread the nutrients as they travel through the dirt. This aerates the soil, which means more oxygen is provided to the roots. The more oxygen that reaches a plants root the better its health and growth.

How to use

There are different ways of putting the grounds to work in your garden. For example, they may be sprinkled around the base of existing plants. With this method the plant receives a small dose of nitrogen each time it is watered. Piles of coffee grounds can be harmful to the plant, depriving it of oxygen as the grounds clump together.

You may also use them by digging them into the ground around plants. Avoid going deeper than one inch, mixing the soil and coffee carefully than watering the plant.

If you are preparing new beds for planting, use the grounds by tilling them well into the soil. Before planting, water the soil thoroughly, so the nutrients are properly released into the soil.

Plantscape designs Inc. is currentlly using the coffee grounds in our clients office plants as a greenplant solution to the above problems presented to us in your office design locations.