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The Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter – a peace of mind solution to rainwater collection

The Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter

The Dangers of a blocked gutter

 

A historic issue with the operation of guttering on a house is and has been the build-up of debris, moss and leaves in their gutters. The main cause of this has been the standard practise of roofing contractors or DIY people of fitting what is called a bell or balloon type strainer in the top of the downpipe to prevent debris, leaves, moss from going down the downpipe. This may be done with good intensions; however, the leaves and moss collect around the strainer and block it. This means someone must climb a ladder to clean it, with the inherent danger of falling off the ladder.

Dirt getting into your tanks and barrels leads to complications as it blocks up the flow of water leading to an inefficient and ineffective water harvesting system. This is where the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter provides you with a simple yet effective solution.  Find out more today...

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Make the most of your autumn by leafmould composting

With autumn fast approaching, we will all soon be facing the inevitable arrival of fallen leaves in our gardens. So, instead of leaving them to make a mess in your garden and do damage to your lawn (amongst other things!), why not collect them and start the process of turning them into rich soil enhancement!

Collecting the leaves can be hard work if you are sweeping or raking, especially if you have a big garden to cover. Garden blowers and even leaf collecting ‘hands’ are great ways to make the process of rounding up leaves and other fallen debris more manageable.

Once gathered, you need somewhere to make the magic happen! If you have a small amount of leaves, a leaf sack might be your best option. However, for larger quantities, why not give a leafmould composter a try?

Wooden leaf mould composters are essentially cages that house your leaves for a long period of time (with a lid to stop leaves escaping). The process of composting can be accelerated by chopping the leaves. This can be done by running them over with a mower. From there you should mix in a small amount of fresh grass cuttings and adding an additional activator that is nitrogen rich.

The timescale is slightly longer as far as seeing the end result when using leafmould but hopefully this time next year you will be reaping the rewards of some compost that is well worth the wait!

For more information on leafmould composting and our products click here or please feel free to contact us.

Composting guide for beginners

Composting is widely considered an environmentally friendly way of helping our gardens thrive, and the great thing is that it’s far easier than you’d might think to get started!

What is compost and how does it help your garden?

Compost is essentially a mix of decomposed plants and manure that uses its natural ingredients to make plants grow.

Another advantage of using compost is that it will provide a healthier environment for your soil on a continual basis which in turn will then enable it to retain and drain water better.

Using your compost as fertiliser will benefit your plants inside as well as your lawn, trees, flowers and vegetables and any new planting areas that you may have.

What can be used to create compost and what shouldn’t be used?

Effectively anything that is organic can be turned into compost – anything from food waste (which is a great way of recycling), to weeds and leaves.

The kind of things to avoid using include certain plants that are diseased, some types of manure and meat and dairy products (pests love these).

Carbon and Nitrogen

Anything going into your compost will be either carbon or nitrogen based in essence. To create quality, healthy compost you will need to make sure that you keep the correct balance. The ideal ratio is that you should have double the amount of nitrogen based items in your pile.

Nitrogen based items have sappy / wet attributes: food scraps, green waste such as grass clippings & weeds and manure that has rotted.

Carbon based items have more woody / dry attributes: wood chips, sawdust, cardboard, newspapers, leaves.

Why use a composter?

A composter or compost bin serves as an organised, functional place to store your compost at the same time as being a constant reminder to keep composting!

There are different features to consider when looking at buying a composter or bin:

Size – It tends to be the case that a larger composter is the better bet, but there is a dependence on how much compost you can produce from leaves and lawn clippings and from food waste.

Shape – Cone shaped composters are beneficial as they provide better drainage and air circulation.

Colour – Darker colour composters work well as they absorb and keep heat.

More information needed?

If you would like to know more about composting or any of our products get in touch.
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