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What Size Skip Bin Do I Need?

We often asked, “What is the right size of skip bin to choose and use?” But we realized that visualizing the differences of container sizes is difficult. While estimating the capacity of it is quite challenging, the tips and guide below can help you decide on this matter.

Consider the type of waste materials and the particular job of your skip bin. Is it for a regular household or a business establishment?

  • Think of it this way: a cardboard box that has the dimension of 1 m length, 1 m width and 1 m depth is equivalent to one cubic meter. How many cardboard boxes can handle the waste materials from your home or office? The size of a skip bin is always expressed in cubic meters (m³).
  • Some people find it easier to estimate using wheelie bins and trailer loads. A standard trailer measures 6 x 4 ft which most of us can picture. he volume of the trailer is also about one cubic meter. Hence, one should determine the number of trailers they need for their waste management.
  • The measurement of a wheelie bin is the most common comparison most people use. However, it also comes in various sizes. In general, every three 330-liter wheelie bin is almost equivalent to a cubic meter skip bin. From here, you can calculate how many liter of rubbish can fill your skip bins
  • Most bins have a “do not fill above top” label on them. It is illegal to fill it higher that the rim to prevent spillage during transportation. The amount of rubbish you can place in the bin depends on how you utilize the space. We suggest you cut the green wastes in smaller parts and minimize air space.

Other Guides

Consider the following comparisons a guide to make visualization easier.

  1. 10 microwave ovens are equal to a cubic meter.
  2. A 2-seater sofa approximately measures to two cubic meters.
  3. Six monoblock chairs and a table are roughly equal to three cubic meters.

Know that large skip bins also have weight restrictions so you cannot just dump any large item on it. An overfull bin is not possible to lift or carry. Likewise, you should check its capacity limitations and general safety to follow waste disposal guidelines set by your local government. The maximum safe lifting limit of a skip bin is 3 tons.

Experts also recommend using the skip bin that is one size bigger if you are still not sure. Most of us tend to underestimate the amount of waste we need to dispose of especially during general cleaning days.

Thus, you can always use that extra space in the bin. Likewise, you can avoid overfilling and additional costs if you’ll choose a bin that is one size larger. It is also helpful to make a list of the items you will be putting in the skip bin.

Now that you already have an idea on various sizes of skin bins, you need to estimate the amount of waste your household or commercial space will generate. You can opt for a 2m³- 3m³ for regular cleanup jobs. Some providers offer up to 6m³ and 8m³ skip bins which suit demolition jobs or moving to houses.

To calculate the amount of waste, pile it up and measure the width, height, and length of the stack. Multiple these three and you can have an estimate volume.

Fortunately, some companies also provide bin size calculator to help their customers decide accordingly. They also provide size guides, details and measurements of the services they offer.

Protecting Your Garden From Pests and Other Dangers

gardenprotection3What good is a well-manicured garden if it is susceptible to pests and diseases that harm plants and the soil? Sometimes, garden protection is the one little detail that most newbie gardeners forget to put focus on. Yet it is the one major element that, if taken for granted, can wreak havoc on your beautiful garden, giving you constant headaches, and the pain of doing everything all over again.

Admittedly, no garden is totally free from pests and diseases. Predators like dogs, beetles, deer, caterpillar and the pesky fungal infection can create huge long-term problems.

Here are some natural ways to protect your flower and vegetable garden from pests and diseases.

 

Choose plants wisely

gardenprotection1One of the most crucial steps a gardener can take to prevent from all sorts of diseases to proliferate in a garden is to pick disease-resistant plant varieties. Taking time to do some research on various plant varieties to know if they are disease-resistant or not goes a long way in protecting your garden right from the start. It is also a good idea to consult with reliable nursery and garden staff to get the latest info on plant diseases, especially fungal infections. The key to fighting against diseases is prevention, so do your research and plant wisely.


Build Physical Barriers

An effective deterrent to unwanted visitors infiltrating your garden are gates and fences built to repel predators of any size. Row covers, similar to the kind used in commercial nurseries, can be used to protect tender plants from strong rain, light frosts, as well as the wayward insect, caterpillar, birds and small rodents. You can also put mesh netting over shrubs and fruit trees to protect from bees, birds and bats.

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These are just a few tips that you can start with in designing a well-protected garden. Remember that not all gardens are the same, so you need to find the method and system that forms the best defense against pests and disease. The best part is that there many solutions you can try out and pick the best one. Most of all, a gardener needs to be always vigilant and prepared. Prevention is key, so setting up defenses is much better than reacting to problems that have already happened

Above all else, enjoy your garden! Cheers!

 

Getting into organic gardening

organic-1 Growing and maintaining a healthy organic garden doesn’t seem to be as difficult as one would think. In the beginning, many horticulturists and growers were hesitant to change their ways and just stick to the conventional methods of gardening that produce quick results using manufactured seeds, artificial insecticides and growers, and chemically-supported processes. But these days, there are arguable a lot more gardeners keen on growing their own plants, flowers, and fruits organically and naturally.

You might ask what the different between organic gardening and regular gardening. The term “organic” used to sound so alien when it first burst into the scene, largely by more “bohemian” and “esoteric” growers and agriculturists, more commonly termed health nuts or hippies. But the scientific community questioned the term “organic” and claimed it lacked a certain empirical basis, thus relegated to the status of a “fad” or “trend”.

But after a certain time, everyone eventually wanted to have plants, trees, and most especially, their food to be more safe and healthy, and sustainably grown, harvested and maintained. Thus, organic farming grew in practice, and by association, so did organic horticulture.

The main organic_02aim of organic horticulture is to grow fruits, flowers, ornamental plants and vegetables of any kind without using chemicals and synthetic additives that may harm the environment. This means using natural fertilizers and minerals, and giving back to nature what one takes away, thus promoting a healthy balance for the environment.

Organic horticulture continues to be developed and promoted by various organizations and gardening communities in different parts of the world. They exchange ideas and processes to help promote the practice, as well as discover better ways of sustaining natural processes. Most organic gardeners follow the principles of soil building and conservation, pest management and heirloom variety preservation.

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It’s a challenging method of tending your garden but once you get the hang of it and start to understand the differences between the plant families and how each respond to a particular form of natural fertilizer or soil preparation, the easier it will be for you in the long run. It’ll help you as you propagate seeds, plant them, and care for them for the long term. Over time, it will equip you with the knowledge of nutrient cycling strategies, how best to prepare them for the natural seasons, a more efficient and natural garden design

There are a lot of online guides and video tutorials on how to get started with organic farming or gardening. For best results, it would be advisable to get in touch with the nearest organization that promotes organic gardening in your particular area. Pretty soon, your garden will be lush and healthy and you will have peace of mind knowing that healthy soil means healthy produce and thus, healthy people.

Welcome to my garden

My garden is all about blooming trees, healthy bushes, and bright little flower pots all bursting in wonderful color under blue skies and a sunny Australian sun!

watergarden1I mostly locate all my gardens and trips in and around Perth and most parts of central Western Australia. I try to visit as many gardens, plant growers, nurseries as much as I can, and I also put in some reviews and features on some of the most exciting plant and garden festivals and exhibits in the same general area.

Oftentimes, I find myself in other parts of Australia, checking out the parks, botanical gardens and almost anywhere one can find beautiful gardens and plants!

Keep your thumbs green! Cheers!

Ben