Lawn Care Tips and Tricks


April 22, 2005

Consider organic lawn care. The chemicals you put in your yard and on your lawn go affect our drinking water and wildlife.

By Susan - Everett, WA


If anyone has any tips for having an organic lawn, please share them.

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March 24, 2007

I am on a very limited budget. How can I get a nice green lawn. I've planted grass seed, but it never seems to grow, but the weeds sure do. The location is hot and sunny. If there aren't weeds growing there, then it is hard baked earth. Any suggestions would be helpful. My zone is 4.

Hardiness Zone: 4b

Thank you.

Amelia from SD


By gwgeiger (Guest Post)
March 25, 20070 found this helpful

We do have a nice sod lawn which was put in about 10 years ago. It started to die in parts. My husband bought a metal aerator for about $20 which we used to poke 2 inch deep holes all over the lawn. It was kinda fun and really worked. It breaks up the soil so that water can get down to the roots. Our lawn hasn't looked so good in years.

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By Jess (Guest Post)
March 25, 20070 found this helpful

Before you put grass seed down, make sure to rake the area you are treating. Also, you need to weed and feed your yard. You can buy a product that does both that attaches to your garden hose, but I like to use the dry granular "stages" fertilizer. I use the store brand. It is much cheaper, and does just as good as a job.

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March 25, 20070 found this helpful

I read somewhere on the internet that Epsom Salts may be used as a fertiliser. I suggest you google: Uses for Epsom Salts or Uses for Epsom Salts in the Garden and check the results.

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By grammaoftwo (Guest Post)
March 26, 20070 found this helpful

Be sure to rake the ground you are going to put seed on. Then,buy Canada Green grass seed,it grows very quickly and it kills out the weeds as it is maturing. I just made sure to water it at least 3 times a day for the first couple of weeks,then only once or twice a day since. The grass was actually coming up with a few days and it is starting to thicken and spread. I bought a 4lb bag but have lots of seed left. I was amazed that it actually did as the advertisement said it would. Good luck :-)

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March 26, 20070 found this helpful

Here's an article out of Las Vegas, everyone there swears by it! Hope it helps.

Vegas homeowner swears by miracle lawn tonic

June 26, 2006 01:36 PM

There are people in Las Vegas making their neighbors green with envy. They've got the nicest lawns on the block and you might not believe what they're feeding their grass to make it green.

We first showed viewers this a couple of years ago, but Dana Wagner found a local guy making it work. We talked about an amazing lawn tonic that was working to keep lawns green in Denver, where they're also fighting a drought. Well, we found a guy here in Vegas that swears by it.

"I did everything. I put the turf builder on it, the seed and it wasn't getting green. It was nice, but it wasn't the golf course green you want to see, right?

Vietnam veteran Bob Palochick was ready to try just about anything when he heard about a goofy lawn tonic on Channel 3 , using soda, beer, mouthwash, dish washing liquid, and ammonia. But to Bob, it just didn't add up.

"I mean, put ammonia on your grass? Beer? Dish washing liquid? A can of soda? No way!"

But Bob was desperate, so he gave it try. He turned from skeptic to believer when his lawn turned lush. "People stop me and say 'man is your grass doing great.' We use it religiously. I tell people about it and they tell me I'm crazy, but it works. I'm proof. You can come to my house. You can see it. It's great, I love it," says Bob.

Bob says his lawn used to look brown and spotty in places. He had weeds. Now he's got the best lawn on the block.

The pop and beer are food for grass. Ammonia promotes growth and turns the lawn green. The soap is a wetting agent, allowing the formula to penetrate to the roots. And the mouthwash kills bugs, plus it makes your lawn minty fresh.

Put it all into a hose end sprayer that you can pick up at Lowe's or Home Depot and apply every three weeks. Then, water as usual. And your blades should never look better.

This lawn tonic may also save you some water this summer. While you can water your lawn any day under current rules, Bob only waters three days a week and he says his lawn has never looked better. So if you're lawn is having trouble you might give it a try.

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By cokie (Guest Post)
March 27, 20070 found this helpful

Sounds like Bob has found a gold mine. Does anyone know how much to measure out for each ingredient ? And what kind of ammonia should be used ?

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By (Guest Post)
March 27, 20070 found this helpful

Need recipe for, Goofy Lawn Tonic
consist of soda, beer, mouthwash, dish soap & ammonica.
Thanks Colleen

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March 28, 20070 found this helpful

The Miracle Lawn Tonic Recipe


One can of soda - not diet
One can of beer - not light
1/2 cup liquid dishwashing soap (don't use anti-bacterial soap!)
1/2 cup mouthwash
1/2 cup household ammonia
Mixed in a 10 gallon hose end sprayer
*Apply every 3 weeks
Mow lawn in evening then make application

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By Amelia (Guest Post)
March 28, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you all for taking the time to respond. I have heard about Bob and forgot about his suggestions. I do have one other question though. Where do I find the Canada Green Grass Seed. Is there a catalog that sells it or a particular store?

Thank you.


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By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
April 3, 20070 found this helpful

Dont worry about the weeds. They'll stay nice and green.

Are you sure you're not cutting the grass too short? The grass shades seeds of weeds and prevents them from growing.

Look for writings by Jerry Baker. You can find him online.

Dont spend a lot of money on your grass. Grass is over rated. (rofl)

Good luck

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By Candace (Guest Post)
July 12, 20070 found this helpful

Do you mix any water with the Miracle Lawn Tonic?

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May 20, 2011

I accidentally used herbicide instead of fertilizer, my grass is beginning to yellow. Is there any way to reverse the effects?

By Don

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October 25, 2007

Are there any lawn and garden aficionados that can help this city girl keep up with the Jones'? I'm losing my grass to weeds. It seems to have stopped its summer growth, or at least slowed down in the last few weeks. I found a missing (unopened) bag of lawn food / weed killer in the garage. If I sprinkle some on now, will my poor neglected lawn suffer, or be better for it? The temp right now is mid 70's - high 60's. Would I be better off waiting till early spring?

Hardiness Zone: 9a

Doggy from TX


By Tooti (Guest Post)
October 26, 20070 found this helpful

Try putting some lime down now for making your soil sweet. I also read to put down regular granulated sugar a week or so later just before a hard rain or you have to water it in. I'm assuming that it discourages ants-they would have a good time in that sugar. I use 5# per every 5,000 sq. ft. These 2 procedures are supposed to sweeten your soil & feed the good micro-organisms that feed on weed roots. This is only my second time with the sugar so I can't guarantee it works but it can't hurt. I did this in the spring & did it again this fall. Good luck!

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By Angie (Guest Post)
October 27, 20070 found this helpful

At your local garden center there are WINTERIZER fertilizers with a weed preventer. They are cheap but be sure to use the correct amount. You will most likely need a spreader. (maybe borrow one?) They all have settings on them that allow you to distibute just the right amount. The back of the fertilizer bag will tell you what to put the setting on. Don't wait too late, the weather gets too cold quickly for fertilzer and you don't want active growing in the winter either.

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May 23, 2014

I sprayed too much weed killer on my lawn, now my lawn is a mess to look at.

By Elaine D

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May 13, 2016

What type of grass is this and what height should I mow it at? Thank you very much for your time and effort in this matter. Hopefully you help me out.

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April 5, 2015

If I want to level my lawn during the winter by adding soil on top. Will it kill or harm the grass?

By S Lewis

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September 6, 2014

Does anyone have a tried and true recipe for getting your lawns green?

By Bobbie

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June 3, 2016

Only certain formulations of weed killers will work to kill weeds but not your lawn. This is a page about weed killer that won't kill grass.

Hand spraying weed killer onto a largenweed that is in a perfect grass lawn

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October 7, 2019

Small lawns may actually need more consideration when it comes to landscaping. Too many plantings can make them look cluttered. This page contains advice for working with small lawns.

A backyard with a very small lawn.

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March 15, 2018

It can be easy to mix up different lawn applications. This page talks about what to do if you applied winterizer instead of fertilizer to lawn.

Lawn fertilizer in spreader on grass

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September 19, 2016

This is a page about growing green and healthy grass. A beautiful green, healthy lawn is quite attractive. However, this is not achieved without some work on your part.

Growing Green and Healthy Grass

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August 9, 2016

This is a page about chemical free lawn care. Children and pets play on our lawns, making it important to many homeowners to use safe lawn care products on their lawn.

Grandfather sitting in chair and helping Granddaughter water the lawn

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