Homeowners take great pride in having well-maintained lawns. Many of the fertilizers available on the market are considered to be highly toxic and dangerous for pets and children. To some the risk of endangering their family is just too high. In an attempt to protect their family, they often seek other avenues that will help them keep their lawn looking beautiful.
Advantages of Making Homemade Organic Lawn Fertilizer
Homemade organic lawn fertilizer works in much the same way as chemical fertilizer only with fewer risks and more benefits. They include:
- Less toxins introduced into the soil, water and air
- Less risk of pets or wild animals being exposed to toxic chemicals
- Less expensive
- Similar results compared to chemical fertilizers
Homemade lawn fertilizer can be made using ingredients normally found in a person’s kitchen. One popular recipe that can be easily mixed and applied with a handheld spray has the following list of ingredients:
- 3/4 cup regular pop (do not use diet soda)
- 3/4 cup beer (must be regular beer, do not use light)
- 1/4 cup liquid dish soap (cannot contain anti-bacterial)
- 1/4 cup ammonia
- 1/4 cup any brand of mouthwash
Add to a 5 gallon, handheld sprayer and fill the rest of the way with water. Seal tightly and apply to the lawn. The remainder can be stored. Reapply the solution every three weeks to ensure adequate coverage and provide the grass with the nutrients it needs to thrive and continue to grow. Make sure to stick to this schedule, especially when temperatures are above normal.
Compost has been proven to be an effective fertilizer for gardens and plant boxes. It can also be used when reseeding or planting grass seed. Mixing grass seed and compost material to together and spreading it evenly over the area to be covered is quite effective. Compost is made of natural plant matter that has been allowed to decompose and create a beneficial mixture of nutrients that are needed for maximum growth.
Compost is made by mixing vegetable peels, uncooked vegetables that are no longer fresh enough to eat and other plant based food scraps. Meat, broth or fats should never be put in a compost bin. They can become rancid, spoiling the mixture and possibly damaging the plants. Compost can also draw meat eating pests like mice and rats. When mixed correctly, compost can be extremely potent and works well when mixed with grass seed before it is applied.Compost bin are extremely easily to build or one can be purchased that is relatively inexpensive. Filled with two or three shovel fulls of dirt, the next step is to begin blending in small portions of vegetable and fruit scraps. After each addition, stir the contents and then let the material set until the next day. Stir the mix at least once a day and every time you add new material.
Making the Choice to Switch
Making the choice to switch from chemical fertilizer to homemade lawn fertilizer can lead to frustration in the beginning. Chemical fertilizers come with explicit directions and are formulated in precise amounts to increase their efficiency and growing ability. When homemade organic lawn fertilizer is used, trial and error may be needed to achieve the desired results. Depending on the growing region, the level of rainfall received, the seasonal temperature and the type of soil, varying amounts of the fertilizer may be needed to get the type of lawn one is looking for.
The same is true when compost is used. Since different types of fruit and vegetables are constantly being added to the mix, the type of nutrients the compost supplies may be different each time it is applied. This doesn’t mean the compost will not be effective. It only suggests that it may not be as potent as chemical fertilizers who are created using the same recipe each time. It may take slightly longer for the mixture to produce the same results as other types of fertilizers, but the reduced risk of dangers to children and pets is well worth the trade.Organic lawn fertilizer is proven to be comprised of materials that are created without the benefit of harsh chemicals. With few toxic chemicals, this type of fertilizer is less likely to harm the environment or endanger the smaller members of the family.