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Homemade Lawn Fertilizer Recipes

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Patchy unhealthy lawn.
Do you have an unhealthy patchy lawn? Making your own lawn fertilizer provides you with the opportunity to go as organic as you like. There are a myriad of fertilizer recipes to choose from many containing household products. This page contains homemade lawn fertilizer recipes.
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June 5, 2012

For greener grass.

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Pour into a 10 gallon hose end sprayer and apply about every 3 weeks. Works really well. People are always asking my husband how he gets the grass so green.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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July 5, 20062 found this helpful

Questions:

Does anyone have a homemade lawn fertilizer?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Jamish from Ransom, KS

Answers:

Jamish,
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There are several homemade lawn tonic recipes that have been around for years. Here are a few variations:

  • 1 can of beer
  • 1 cup of ammonia
  • 1 cup of plain liquid dish soap... (not liquid detergent)
  • 1 cup any brand liquid lawn fertilizer
  • 1 cup of molasses or corn syrup

Mix these ingredients into a 10 or 20 gallon hose end sprayer and apply evenly to the entire lawn in early mornings or later evenings. Water well. You'll find your lawn will need less water during droughts. Feed every three weeks or year round in warmer zones.

Or:

  • 1 can of beer (no "light" beer)
  • 1 can of soda (no "diet" soda)
  • 1/2 cup of liquid soap
  • 1/2 cup of liquid ammonia
  • 1/2 cup of mouthwash

Or this last one from Jerry Baker, America's Master Gardener:

  • 1 cup of beer
  • 1 cup of baby shampoo
  • 1 cup of liquid lawn food
  • 1/2 cup of molasses
  • 2 tbsp. Of fish emulsion
  • Ammonia

The beer in these recipes promotes microbial activity (same goes for the tea, soda, corn syrup and molasses). Ammonia breaks down into nitrates, which provide the plants nutrients. This nitrogen also helps break dawn thatch into nutrients the lawn can take up. The soap helps the solution spread more evenly over the lawn as you apply it. And the mouthwash contains alcohol, which acts as an irritant to many insects. Occasionally you may also run across a recipe containing tobacco. This also acts as an insecticide.

I've never tried them, but these recipes are supposed to work on both your lawn and your flowers.

Ellen

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May 12, 2009

Here's a great tip for you gardeners. You can buy a large bag (approx. 20lbs) of oil absorbent from your local auto parts store for less than ten dollars, and it has multiple benefits. It also acts as a great fertilizer; says so right on the bag.

My Japanese Red Maple loves lots of fertilizer, so if you have one that is not flourishing with a good rich color, give it more fertilizer. Triple 13 works well also. But, with the oil absorbent you get the extra benefit of drying up spills and oil leaks, as well as the added benefit of fertilizing your rose bushes, trees,shrubs, and of course the Japanese Red Maple. Happy gardening.

By Clarcov08 from Memphis, TN

Editor's Note: Make sure that you get the type of oil absorbent that is OK to use as a fertilizer. Most are made with wood chips or some other natural material.

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June 18, 20050 found this helpful
Ingredients:
  • one can of soda pop (not diet)
  • one can of beer (no light beer)
  • 1/2 cup of household ammonia
  • 1/2 cup of liquid dishwashing soap (do not use antibacterial soap because it will kill important microbes)
  • 1/2 cup of mouthwash

Directions:

Mix all these together, in the proper amounts, poured it into a 10-gallon hose-end sprayer, and apply it to a lawn while you water. The pop and beer act as food for the lawn. The ammonia promotes growth and helps make the grass green. The liquid dishwashing soap is a wetting agent and helps the water reach the roots. And the mouthwash actually kills bugs and grubs in the lawn.

Be very careful with the ingredients. The ammonia could kill the grass if too much is used. The tonic should only be used once every three to four weeks in high heat, and even less frequently when the temperatures are not hot. It is also important to only use dishwashing soap, dishwashing detergent could be harmful. If you have pets at home, they should also be kept off the lawn for 24 to 36 hours after treatment.

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March 28, 20170 found this helpful

A well watered lawn can be a haven for mosquito larvae and make your yard practically unbearable during the Summer. This is a guide about recipe for a green lawn with no mosquitoes.

A beautiful green lawn in the sunshine.

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May 22, 2005

Dissolve the Copper Nitrate in water and use on approximately 1000 square feet of lawn. Apply by spray with weed sprayer. Apply 30 days later to kill any new growth or to fertilize the lawn if desired.

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April 4, 2017

When making homemade lawn fertilizer you say to use a hose end sprayer; what is this?

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April 5, 20170 found this helpful

hose is a garden hose. sprayer is the nozzel that goes on the end.

The other thing you can use is a hand held tank that has a hose and sprayer attached to it.

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June 13, 20000 found this helpful

I am looking for a lawn spray you can make with liquid detergent, water, beer, and ? I don't know the other ingredient, the amounts of each to use, or how to use, but heard it works very well. Does anyone know?

Julia

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August 18, 20160 found this helpful

the amount to mix does this make 20 gal.to spray

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June 17, 2017

Is there a homemade recipe for liquid lawn fertilizer that can be used in a 25 gallon tow behind liquid sprayer? I have a John Deere sprayer.

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June 17, 20170 found this helpful

From garden-counselor-lawn-care.com:1 cup of plain liquid dish soap (not detergent) 1 cup any brand liquid lawn fertilizer (like Miracle Gro) 1 cup of molasses or corn syrup. Mix these ingredients into a 10 or 20 gallon hose end sprayer and apply evenly to the entire lawn in early mornings or later evenings.

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August 9, 2016

The recipes tell you what to use and the amount, but not how much it will make. How do I find out the coverage?

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March 6, 20170 found this helpful

Less is more. A lot of these fertilizers are made in a pail. You can get a gadget that attaches it to the hose as well. I would walk around and make sure all the grass gets a sprinkling. If your lawn doesn't look good, then you can add more.

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March 23, 20150 found this helpful

There are some recipes for homemade fertilizer on this site. Is this fertlizer safe for pets and kids to walk on right after application?

By Taden D from Clifton, IL

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March 23, 20150 found this helpful

You must query the provider of the fertilizer infomation. Note-in a recipe, each ingredient may be safe for children and pets, however, a large amount of any one ingredient or a combination of two or more ingredients may be a problem. I doubt any of the providers can guarantee safety concerns.

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July 25, 20140 found this helpful

I accidentally deleted the recipe for homemade lawn food, I know it had beer, dish soap... Help!

By Bobbie

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April 29, 20140 found this helpful

I read the various recipes for homemade lawn fertilizer. My question is how much to make for a 6 gallon tow behind pressure sprayer?

By Bill M.

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April 22, 20130 found this helpful

I used to have one with beer, some kind of dog shampoo, a golf ball to keep it shaking, Weed and Feed, and maybe something else. It was safe for kids and animals to go on it right away. Any suggestions. Thanks!

By Jeri Lynn

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March 17, 2013

The homemade liquid fertilizer recipe of beer, pop, etc. How big of an area does this cover?

By James

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April 29, 20110 found this helpful

I have a recipe for lawn fertilizer made with beer, ammonia, dish soap, etc. You're supposed to mix it with water in a 5 gallon bucket. But I want to use one of those containers that you attach to your hose, (one which previously had a fertilizer mix in it). How do I know how much ratio wise, that I should put in the container for the water from the hose to mix with it as it's spraying?

By Heidi from Lombard, IL

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