Homemade Lawn Fertilizer


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.


Homemade Lawn Fertilizer

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

Mix together 1 can beer, 1 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup liquid dish soap, 1/2 cup liquid lawn food, and 1/2 cup molasses or corn syrup. Put into a 20 gallon hose end sprayer (the kind with a jar that attaches to the end of your hose and automatically mixes with the water) and water in the morning. Use this formula every 3 weeks, or so.


A similar formula:

If you google "homemade lawn fertilizer", you will find many formulae!

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By rosa (Guest Post)
May 31, 20060 found this helpful

Check out Jerry every thing he does is organic

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By siris. (Guest Post)
July 9, 20060 found this helpful

A relative told me about an Oriental family that insisted the boys pee into a pail at night. It was thrown on the lawn and flower beds in the morning.
I tried it on the lawn and ended up with a spot darker and denser than the rest. Obviously it works.

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By (Guest Post)
July 8, 20070 found this helpful

Does this really mean a 20 gallon hose end sprayer?

Editor's Note: These appear to be pretty common:

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July 13, 20070 found this helpful


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By Albert Jackson (Guest Post)
July 25, 20070 found this helpful

Do you have a home made Garden Fertilizer? If so I would like to try it here in Va Beach , Va.
Would your home made lawn Fertilizer work good on my Vegetable Garden ? And do you have a good home made Bug spray for a Vegetable Garden?

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By Deborah (Guest Post)
July 15, 20080 found this helpful

My lawn, a large part of it is suffering from 'take-all patch" self diagnosed. From what Ive read about it on the internet. This is not good, and it is spreading . Does anyone know of a homemade formula to treat this.From what I understand the lower the nitrogen level the better for this lawn condition. Must also be child and pet friendly.


Any ideas would be appreciated.
Thanks, Deborah

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August 24, 20080 found this helpful

Is there a difference between Liquid lawn FOOD and Liquid Lawn FERTILIZER?

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By Lawnboy (Guest Post)
August 24, 20080 found this helpful

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

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April 8, 20160 found this helpful

I just take all my vegetable scraps and put them in a blender for a minute or two. Then pour it on the lawn.
I also cut cardboard toilet paper and paper towel tubes into small pieces and sprinkle them around.


They attract worms.

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