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Easy & Fragrant Use for Late Lavender Cuttings

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Need simple uses for lavender cuttings?

If you’re looking for lavender cutting uses that don’t take a lot of effort, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found many ways to enjoy lavender without having to sew a stitch. Or brew up an herbal potion. Plus, with late season lavender cuttings, the first use we’ve achieved is letting the bees enjoy the garden lavender.

So you’re into sewing with lavender?

Sure, lavender sachets are great for your laundry drier. And, they definitely freshen up a sock drawer. And, seriously, who doesn’t love a calming lavender eye pillow?  But, honestly, I’m not the gal to stitch those up. In truth, I can barely sew a button back on a shirt. So, I’ve come up with lavender uses that don’t force me to do any sewing.

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But, if you want some lazybones lavender uses…

One of our favorite ways to use lavender cuttings is to deal with stinky rug odors. While rugs can get stinky in any house over time, our doggy pals can odor them up fast. And, when you’ve got dogs, both your vacuum cleaner and rugs may eventually begin to smell rather canine over the years. Fortunately, lavender can really help mitigate that not-so-alluring aroma. And, it only requires the use of yard clippings you might otherwise throw in the compost.

Here’s when & why to gather lavender clippings later in the season.

Let your lavender shrub go through a full bloom for the bees to enjoy!

After the bees have visited, lavender flowers switch to thicker seed heads that do dry, but crumble readily. Plus, by waiting, your garden will be filled with beautiful blooms longer than if you cut the flower heads pre-bee.

However after the bees are done and flowers begin to fade they stay fragrant for months.

So, on a dry day well before winter, when the lavender is also dry, shear off the flower heads. Doing this helps keep your lavender plants from rotting beneath heavy, overwintered seed heads.

Tips for trimming lavender to keep your plants healthy.

  • Do not cut hard into the older wood that doesn’t have leaves.
  • Only shear off the flower stalks themselves.
  • Make your cut just above the first set of leaves at the base of the flower stalk.

How to store late season lavender cuttings to use indoors.

Gather up your bundle of crumbly lavender flowery-seed heads.
Hold them upside down & insert them into a paper grocery bag.
Shake and beat the flower heads into the bag.
Run your gloved hands down the stems so that all the flower bits fall into the bag.
Store the bagged flower bits in a cool, dark, dry place.

And if you want more info on pruning and curing your lavender, check out our step-by-step guide here.

What are some uses for those leftover lavender stems?

  • Place the fragrant stems in your stinky hen house.
  • Simmer the stems in a pot of water on a stove.
  • Compost the stems.

How to actually destink rugs with the dried flowers?

  • The night before or at least a few hours before plan to vaccum, sprinkle dried lavender on your carpets.
  • Walk over them and crush them to release their fragrance.
  • Bare feet are great for this if you don’t mind dusting flower bits off.
  • And you can toss a fistful of lavender into a bagless vacuum canister.
  • Then, as the vacuum runs, more lavender aroma will be released.

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