While lawns can seem to take care of themselves, sometimes they need extra nutrients to keep them thick and green. Because children and pets are often in contact with lawns many people try to avoid adding chemical fertilizers or strong store-bought fertilizers to their lawn; opting instead for homemade ones. Making homemade fertilizers is easy and doesn't require expensive materials.
Epsom Salts and Ammonia
To make this homemade fertilizer, first mix a base of 16 tbsp. of Epsom salts and 225 ml of household ammonia. This mixture can be stored in a glass container for later use. Each time you apply this fertilizer, 2 tbsp. of the base mixture should be stirred into 9 liters of water and sprayed onto the lawn--this is enough for 14 to 18 square meters of lawn. Make Your Own states that the Epsom salt will help in aerating the soil, thus preventing it from becoming compacted. As for ammonia, this component will provide the soil with nitrogen.
Beer and Soda
Another recipe for homemade fertilizers includes a can of beer, a can of soda, half a cup of ammonia, half a cup of mouthwash and half a cup of regular dish soap. All ingredients should be mixed and then poured into a 10-gallon sprayer full of water. The Garden Counselor recommends that this fertilizer be applied every three weeks to wet the grass after it has been mowed. In this solution, beer and soda provide microbes in the soil with carbohydrates: microbes are essential to break down food elements in the soil for plants to absorb. As for mouthwash, this element will act as a pesticide and help to keep the lawn pest-free. Finally, dish soap will help the beer and soda enter the ground easily.
Beer, Molasses and Kelp
This fertilizer concoction contains a can of beer, a cup of ammonia, a cup of plain liquid dish soap, a cup of liquid kelp and a cup of molasses (or corn syrup). These ingredients should be mixed with water in 10- or 20-gallon sprayers before being applied to a lawn in the early mornings or evenings. In this recipe, liquid kelp is added to offer the whole mixture a nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium boost. As for molasses, this provides plants with carbohydrates and iron.
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