Oatmeal is one of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet. It is rich in fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Although it is low in fat and cholesterol, it is one of the most filling foods around. As such, if you’re trying to lose weight, as long as you minimize the number of sweetening ingredients you add, you should consider including oatmeal in your daily diet.
Aside from being a healthy meal or snack, oatmeal has been found to have many uses as well. This food product has been found to have many uses in lawn care and improvement and can be used by gardeners as well.
Below are some uses for oatmeal in the lawn:
As pest control. Oatmeal is nontoxic but slugs and snails love them. However, oatmeal can kill these pests since it can swell up inside their tiny stomachs. To use oatmeal as pest control in your lawn, simply sprinkle some dry oatmeal grains around your plants. Make sure you use oatmeal sparingly since in large amounts, they can swell, become slushy and packed around stems if they get wet. Also, too much oatmeal grains can also attract rodents and insects.
As fertilizer. Many gardeners and lawn care experts say that sprinkling some oatmeal in your garden will give plants iron – a nutrient they need. Some also say that adding a small amount of oatmeal in planting holes stimulates root growth. If you want to try using them as fertilizer, use old-fashioned, slow-cooking or raw oats instead of the instant ones since they are packed with more nutrients and contain less artificial ingredients.
As remedy for poison ivy, poison oak, and sunburn. You are always at risk of accidentally touching poison ivy or oak or getting sunburn if you always work outdoors on your lawn. If you do get these illnesses or health issues, you can use oatmeal to soothe the itchy area. Put a small amount of oatmeal in the leg of a stocking then tie it around the bathtub faucet. Allow warm water run through the packet of oatmeal while you fill the tub. Afterward, soak in the tub for at least 15 minutes. To experience more relief, use the wet bag to rub over your skin later.
To remove sticky sap. Lastly, if you are working on your plants without wearing gloves, some sticky saps will stick to your hands. You can remove this by rubbing oatmeal on your hands before washing them with water. Oatmeal works because it has a slightly abrasive quality that helps loosen up the goo or sap.