After brewing, the coffee grounds usually end up in the trash. It can help as a fertilizer in the lawn against moss. It can also be used on the balcony and on houseplants. A guide.
Kassel – Almost 90 percent of Germans drink coffee every day. Tchibo showed this in its 2022 coffee report. This would mean that the majority of Germans would also have to have a small miracle cure at home: coffee grounds. Most of the time, it ends up in the garbage or in the organic waste bin after boiling. Coffee grounds can do much more: clean ovens, fertilize plants, and also protect the lawn from moss.
The coffee powder should not be thrown in the trash after cooking. You can use it for fertilizing. © Chrome Orange/Imago
Coffee grounds against moss in the garden: this is how the natural fertilizer should be used on the lawn
The brewed coffee grounds still contain a variety of nutrients that can help the lawn. Components such as potassium, nitrogen or phosphorus strengthen the green stalks and make the meadow assertive against moss, Ökotest and Focus report. Once spread, the coffee grounds slowly decompose and release their nutrients into the soil over a long period of time.
Here's how the coffee grounds should be used against moss:
However, coffee grounds cannot be considered completely the sole miracle cure for moss. If the garden is to remain permanently moss-free, it must be scarified at least once a year and the turf must be scratched. For this purpose, other fertilizers such as humus soil should be used and the pH value of the soil should be checked, according to Focus.
Coffee grounds as plant fertilizer: Also on the balcony or for houseplants
Coffee grounds can serve as fertilizer not only for the lawn. For roses, rhododendron or oleanders, the additive in the soil is also ideally suited. If you want to do something good for your houseplants, it is worth using ferns. An overview of plants where it is better to do without the coffee fertilizer and those who love the coffee additive:
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If the coffee grounds are used as fertilizer for flowers, shrubs and houseplants, they can also be used as a liquid agent. To do this, simply mix it with water and add it to the irrigation water every two weeks. By the way: There are other kitchen waste that is worthwhile as a quick, free fertilizer. (chd)