Every green thumb has his or her own recipe for garden tonics, bug sprays and slug deterrents. Homemade lawn fertilizer is no exception and there are literally dozens of variations on combinations of ingredients in old fashioned gardening books, on the Internet, or handed down from generation to generation.
For some, the tried and true mixture has never let them down so they wouldn’t dream of using a commercial brand for maintaining proper lawn nutrient levels.
For others, keeping costs to a minimum is the prime motivator and for the environmentally conscious, natural or organic tonics is the answer. Whichever homemade lawn fertilizer you settle on for your grass, you’ll keep that recipe somewhere safe so you can refer to it whenever necessary. And now, for a novel and handy use for that precious commodity – beer!
Beer Lovers’ Fertilizer
Ok, who wants to waste a perfectly good can of beer? Not many, surely, but did you know that your lawn can benefit from beer just like you can – although in perhaps a slightly different way! It gives new meaning to “give your lawn a drink”, doesn’t it? Well, homemade fertilizer may not be your preferred use for a can of beer but if it works for your grass, you’ll be converted.
Mix together 1 can of beer, 1 cup of ammonia, 1 cup of ordinary liquid dish soap, 1 cup of liquid lawn fertilizer (nothing too fancy) and 1 cup of molasses.
Fill your hose end sprayer with the liquid and spray evenly to your entire lawn early in the morning. Every 3 to 4 weeks is advised.
Just so you know, the beer helps to promote microbial action, the ammonia breaks down into nitrates that feed the lawn and the soap helps to spread the solution more widely across the lawn.
Heavy-duty Lawn Guzzler
This homemade lawn fertilizer recipe is so-called because it calls for regular beer and soda, not the light or diet varieties. Heaven forbid you should skimp on your lawn’s tastes!
- Mix together 1 can of full-strength beer, 1 can of regular soda, ½ cup of mouthwash (yes, you read correctly), ½ cup of liquid ammonia and ½ cup of liquid soap.
Even if your grass doesn’t grow – and it will – it will at least be minty fresh! The alcohol contained in the mouthwash acts as a deterrent to insects (picture drunken dragonflies).
Salty Beer Fertilizer
Sounds gross, yes, but we’re talking homemade lawn fertilizer here, not beer into which a handful of salted peanuts has fallen. You definitely shouldn’t taste test this one, nor any of the others for that matter.
- Make a solution of 2 cups of water, 1 cup of beer, 1 cup of Epsom salts and 1 cup of ammonia.
The Epsom salts will aerate the ground and help it to “breathe” so that it won’t become compacted. This allows for optimal absorption of nutrients.
These homemade lawn fertilizer recipes are good for about 400 to 600 square feet of lawn. Always cover your mouth when using ammonia, as the fumes can be dangerous.
The other advantage to having your mouth covered is that you won’t be tempted to try the beer and you’ll be able to focus on the task at hand! There’s plenty of time for beer o’clock after the job is done and you can stand back, can in hand and admire your efforts.