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Homemade Lawn Fertilizer Recipes

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.




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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August 4, 20160 found this helpful

how much does this make, is it 10 gallon?

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July 5, 2006 Flag


Does anyone have a homemade lawn fertilizer?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Jamish from Ransom, KS



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.


  • 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.


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August 24, 20080 found this helpful

Is Liquid Feed FERTILIZER the same thing as Liquid Lawn FOOD? LB

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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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May 12, 20090 found this helpful

Thank You! A great idea! Who knew?

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June 18, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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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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August 9, 2016 Flag

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 5, 20170 found this helpful

You might just have to make a batch and experiment. Without posting the recipe, we would have no idea.

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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, 2015 Flag

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, 2014 Flag

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, 2014 Flag

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, 2013 Flag

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 Flag

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

By James

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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?


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December 1, 20000 found this helpful

I believe you are referring to Jerry Baker's Feeding Spray for Lawns. It is recommended that this be applied every 3 weeks in the early morning. You can actually feed everything in your garden with this tonic. Use a 20 gal. hose end sprayer

* 1 can beer

* 1 cup ammonia

* 1/2 cup liquid dish soap

* 1/2 liquid lawn food

* 1/2 cup molasses or corn syrup

For more of Jerry Baker's great recipes for garden products go to:

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June 27, 20020 found this helpful

I have lost my Jerry Baker recipe for a spray to get rid of mosquitos. I used it last year and it was great! It used lemon dish detergent, dog flea detergent, and ammonia. Help me!

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August 18, 20160 found this helpful

the amount to mix does this make 20 spray

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April 29, 2011 Flag

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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