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Old 07-15-03, 01:44 PM
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FYI: Topic: Organic Lawn Care Recipes.
Spring and Summer Lawn Care.
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Beer is used in this recipe.
You may drink one of the cans of beer but not all....

Now that that time in mid season which makes it a good idea to attend to the care of your lawn. Adverisements are abound for products that can chemically treat lawns to rid them of weeds and fertilize them.

Although these commercially produced and synthetically made products do as they were designed to do, many of us prefer to treat our lawns organically.

Below are some recipes that can help, do work and can be made with products commonly found around the house. Some aspects of lawn care require the useage of both organic and non organic products.

To Control Weeds:
2 cups of any brand of liquid dish soap...{not liquid detergent}
2 cups of ammonia
4 tablespoons of any plain instant tea

Mix the ingredients in a 20 gallon hose end sprayer in the heat of the day. Then follow up with any brand of commerically made liquid weed control.

Thatch Control:
1 can of beer
2 cups of any brand of ammonia.
1 cup of liquid dish soap...{not liquid detergent}
1 can of regular non-diet cola

Mix these ingredients in a 20 gallon hose end sprayer and evenly apply to the lawn. Heavy thatch may require a second application a week later.

Lawn Fertilizer:
ADD 3 to 4 pounds of Epsom salts to any brand of dry lawn fertilzer and apply this mixture at about one half the rate suggested on the bag of fertilizer. A 50 pound bag should cover approximately 2500 square foot per bag of fertilzer.

Organic Fertilizing:
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 20 gallon hose end sprayer and apply evenly to the entire lawn in early mornings or later evenings. Water in well.

Applications may be done every two weeks during the entire growing season.

To Control Insects:
1 cup of Fels Naptha Soap Solution*
1 cup of any brand antiseptic mouthwash
2 cups of chewing tobacco juice**

Mix these ingredients into a twenty gallon hose end sprayer and evenly apply to the lawn.

*Fels Naptha Soap Solution can be made by puting the entire bar into an old nylon stocking and placing it into boiling water. Add in 1/2 cup of regular baby shampoo or liquid dish soap to aid the process.

** Tabacco juice can be made using the same process but without adding any other products. The juice should be dark brown when finished.

Lawn Tonic:
1 can of beer
1 cup of liquid dish washing soap...{not liquid detergent}
2 cups of ammonia
1 cup of molasses or corn syrup
1/2 cup of liquid lawn food

Apply evenly to the entire lawn every two to three weeks in early evenings and water in well.

All recipes are designed to cover 2500 square feet of lawn surface area. Measure you lawn and adjust recipes as needed. However, in my personal useage of these recipes, accurate applications were not found to be critical.

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Old 07-17-03, 05:10 PM
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Great advice, Tom

This one deserves to be a sticky


Old 07-18-03, 01:14 PM
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Tom, hope you don't mind if I take a stab at that one...

Beer contains yeast, enzymes and nutrients that promote good microbial activity, same for tea, soda, corn syrup and molassas. Ammonia breaks down into nitrates which are readily taken up as a plant nutrient, also nitrogen helps break down thatch, soap helps break the surface tension on water droplets and makes the solution spread over the target plants better, tobacco and it's components (nicotine specifically) is a powerful insecticide and mouthwash contains alcohol which will often descicate or at least irritate many insects and encourage them to move on...

How's that?...


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Old 07-19-03, 06:55 AM
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Hello & Thanks Howiek

Excellent explaination!...

I couldn't have stated it better myself. Even if I would have known what all those ingredients have done to produce the results they provide.

Totally out of the areas of my expertise. But I do have a "Green Thumb." Have & have had many flower and veggie gardens. The lawns are always green, planted flowers & veggies grow well.

What I do know is I like beer... & the mixtures work. Not as quickly as commerical chemicals used for the purposes but they do work. Applying them regularly obtains the results.

Since the ingredients are commonly found household products and do the job, they can be used often. Left over extra mixtures can be stored. And do store well for up to a month or so.

Grand Pa used these mixtures many many years ago. Many where gathered during exchanges between family and friends. He wrote them down in a log book found years ago and passed along within the family.

They are not new. Others have published like or similar information and sold them for a price. As I later found out. I simply wanted to ofter them as helpful organic ways to do the same as commerical fertilizers without the toxic chemicals.

Anyone whom also has home made organic methods or mixtures that do likewise is encouraged to post them into this topic.

Sharing ideas, offering suggestions, professional advice and generally helping others is what this web site is all about. I encourage everyone to share.

Hope Howiek's professional explaination answered your question thevolcanogod. Sure has mine... Thanks!
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Welcome to Do-It-Yourself.com and the Lawn forum topic. DIY offers the pages below for information, shopping, pleasure and convenience.

Organic Lawn Care:

DIY'S Guide To A Healthy Lawn

Lawns and Ground Cover Help Page
Plus Many Other Pages On The Topics Of Lawns.

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The Corn Gluten recommendation is a good one, but remember timing is important when applying any preemergent weed control. Check with your local ag service if you're not sure when to apply it. Typical application rate is 10-40 pounds per 1000 sq ft.

Another way to help outcompete the weeds is to mow your grass high and often. Plants compete for sunlight, so allow the grass to shade out those weeds. Water deep and infrequent, this trains the grass roots to drive deep into the soil for water, and again discourages weed growth. Irrigate only when the grass begins to look wilty, then water heavy, maybe 1-2 hrs or more. Whatever it takes to put 1" down. Then no more until... you guessed it, the grass tells you.

Natural organic fertilizers will promote healthy soil by increasing the number of beneficial organisms such as microbes and earthworms. Give these guys something to eat a few times a year and they will continue to improve the soil, good soil=thick lush healthy turf. I like to use alfalfa pellets from the feed store at 10-20 lbs per 1000 sq ft. 50 lb bag cost about $8.

Organic matter is also key to improving soil, add it by mulch mowing instead of bagging, and shred those fallen leaves back to the soil. Just keep "feeding the worms". Topdressing with good compost works wonders too, but is somewhat difficult to spread.

No thatch problems, no mechanical aerating, minimal insect and disease problems, maybe a few weeds you need to hand pull or spot treat, and some very envious neighbors...
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Arrow Lawn Grub Worm Control

Grub worms can be controlled in two methods.
Would like to share them with all members reading this thread.

Try this non chemical organic recipe method:

In a pot, about a gallon size, boil water.
While water is boiling, add in 2 cups of antiseptic mouth wash.
(Use non flavored type, if possible)
Add in 2 cups of chewing tobacco juice.
Add in 2 cups of common liquid soap.
(Not dishwashing soap) Plain liquid soap.
Add in 1 cup of household ammonia
Boil and Stir well.

Making tobacco juice:
Buy one round container of chewing tabacco, unflavored type.
Put contents into an old hanky or similar thin cloth.
In small sauce pan, fill with water.
Bring water to a boil.
Toss in hanky with tobacco.
Allow to boil 15-20 minutes.
Remove hanky and toss into trash.
Allow liquid to cool.
Use this juice to make above.
Add to above.

When all the liquid is combined, add it to a two gallon pump sprayer. Spray effected area. Water well daily for about two days. Wait and watch. Grubs should die... If grubs remain. Repeat application.

Alternate method.
Buy a commerical chemical.....

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Yes. Chewing tobacco is still legal....
No. Using fingers to add tabacco to recipe...will not cause cancer....
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Thumbs up Bare Soil Preparation Recipe Before Planting

For anyone whom has bare soil to contend with, the information below may be of help to prepare and condition the soil. All contents are to be added to a two gallon sprayer, srpayer filled with water, mixed and applied to the soil.

1 cup of dishsoap. (Not dishwashing detergent)
2 cups of liquid fish fertilizer
1 cup household ammonia
1 can of beer
2 ounces of any brand of plain whiskey
1 cup of liquid tea juice
1 cup of any type or brand of liquid fertilizer
1 cup of epsom salts
1 cup of corn syrup

The above recipe is a generic usage solution, that personally has worked well for me. The ingredients are a combination mixture, which aids in soil preperations for planting lawn grass, veggie, plant and flower gardens.

Specific purpose(s) for each ingredient has been lost over the many years, prior to my finding "Grandpas" home recipe booklet.

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Cool US Cooperative Extension Addresses

Hello All

I've put together a list of Co-operative Extension website addresses - Maybe this will help you find the closest office near you...

...sorry...Couldn't find one for Vermont -

...and I hope I didn't miss any other States (US Geography isn't one of my strengths - I have enough trouble keeping the Provinces straight)...

Cooperative Extension System Offices - USA http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/
US Dept of Agriculture http://www.csrees.usda.gov/
Alabama http://www.aces.edu/
Alaska - University of Alaska http://www.uaf.edu/coop-ext/
Arizona - University of Arizona http://ag.arizona.edu/extension/
Arizona - University of Arizona http://ag.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/
Arkansas - Univeresity of Arkansas http://www.uaex.edu/
California - University of California http://ucanr.org/CES.CEA.shtml
California - University of California http://danr.ucop.edu/regional.htm
Colorado - Colorado State University http://www.ext.colostate.edu/
Colorado - Colorado State University http://www.ext.colostate.edu/menugard.html
Connecticut - University of Connecticut http://www.canr.uconn.edu/ces/
Delaware - University of Delaware http://ag.udel.edu/extension/
Florida - University of Florida http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/
Florida - University of Florida Pinellas http://coop.co.pinellas.fl.us/default.htm
Georgia - Fort Valley State University http://www.aginfo.fvsu.edu/mainpages/extension.asp
Georgia - University of Georgia http://extension.caes.uga.edu/
Hawaii - Univeresity of Hawaii http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/ctahr2001/Extension/
Idaho - University of Idaho http://www.uidaho.edu/ag/extension/
Illinois - University of Illinois http://www.extension.uiuc.edu/
Indiana - Purdue University http://www.ces.purdue.edu/
Iowa - Iowa State University http://www.extension.iastate.edu/
Kansas - Kansas State University http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/
Kentucky - University of Kentucky http://ces.ca.uky.edu/ces/
Louisiana - Louisiana State University http://www.lsuagcenter.com/nav/extension/extension.asp
Maine - University of Maine http://www.umext.maine.edu/
Maine - University of Maine http://www.umext.maine.edu/counties/county.htm
Maryland - University of Maryland http://www.agnr.umd.edu/MCE/index.cfm
Massachusetts - University of Massachusettes Amherst http://www.umassextension.org/
Michigan - Michigan State University http://www.msue.msu.edu/home/
Minnesota - University of Minnesota http://www.extension.umn.edu/
Mississippi - Mississippi State University http://msucares.com/
Missouri - University of Missouri http://outreach.missouri.edu/
Montana - Montana State University http://extn.msu.montana.edu/
Nebraska - University of Nebraska http://www.extension.unl.edu/
Nebraska - University of Nebraska Lincoln http://ianrpubs.unl.edu/
Nevada - University of Nevada http://www.unce.unr.edu/
New Hampshire - University of New Hampshire http://ceinfo.unh.edu/
New Jersey - Rutgers University http://www.rce.rutgers.edu/
New Mexico - New Mexico State University http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/ces/
New York - Cornell University http://www.cce.cornell.edu/
New York - Cornell University http://www.cce.cornell.edu/local_offices.cfm
North Carolina - NC A&T State University http://www.ag.ncat.edu/extension/
North Carolina - NC State University http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/
North Dakota - North Dakota State University http://www.ext.nodak.edu/
Ohio - Ohio State University http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/
Oklahoma - Oklahoma State University http://www1.dasnr.okstate.edu/oces/
Oregon - Oregon State University http://extension.oregonstate.edu/index.php
Pennsylvania - Penn State University http://www.extension.psu.edu/
Rhode Island - University of Rhode Island http://www.edc.uri.edu/
South Carolina - Clemson University http://www.clemson.edu/extension/
South Dakota - South Dakota State University http://sdces.sdstate.edu/
Tennesee - Tennesee State University http://www.tnstate.edu/cep/
Tennessee - University of Tennesee http://www.utextension.utk.edu/
Texas - Texas A&M University http://texasextension.tamu.edu/
Texas - Texas A&M University http://fcs.tamu.edu/
Utah - Utah State University http://extension.usu.edu/
Virginia - Virginia State University http://www.ext.vt.edu/
Washington - Washington State University http://ext.wsu.edu/
Washington DC - University of the District of Columbia http://www.universityofdc.org/master.php?sid=19
West Virginia - West Virginia University http://www.wvu.edu/~exten/
Wisconsin - University of Wisconsin http://www.uwex.edu/
Wyoming - University of Wyoming http://www.uwyo.edu/ces/ceshome.htm

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Don't Leave Your Lawn Out in the Cold

Just because it's autumn and it's about time to put the lawn mower away until the spring, that doesn't mean that you should forget about caring for your lawn. By reading this article in our Lawn section, you'll realize that your grass requires quite a bit of work during the fall season...much more than just raking the leaves.

Of course raking is essential, as the leaves will block the sunlight that your lawn needs for the growth and development of its root system. Aerating and fertilizing your lawn before it goes dormant is also important, as is reseeding it during the fall.

If you follow these tips, and the others that this article will give you, your lawn will be sure to look great all year long.

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While you're spending time outdoors reseeding and aerating your grass, you may want to consider doing some work to protect your trees and shrubs during the colder months.

They need just as much care as your lawn. This article deals with one main topic for fall tree care: "un-planting," which, according to the article, does not mean that you have to dig the tree or plant out of the ground, but rather fix some of the mistakes that might have been made during the initial planting this past spring and/or summer.

Learn about the "un" words for fixing up your trees and shrubs:
unstaking, untying, unwrapping, unmulching and unbinding. Sound different and interesting? If you're a tree lover, you'll definitely find this article informative.

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