Lawn Tonic

  • 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


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.

By April

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By Leanne (Guest Post)
June 20, 20050 found this helpful

By 10 gallon hose-end sprayer do you mean the sprayers for you use for roundup? I have a 2 gallon sprayer, how would I ajust the recipe to fit that? Thanks, I look forward to trying the recipe.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 21, 20050 found this helpful

My friend has an organic land care business and makes a "compost tea" to spray on the lawn and it is perfectly safe and natural. You can let your children and pets play on the lawn all the time instead of waiting until the harmful chemicals dry.


His lawn is lush and green and the flowers are growing like crazy.

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