Organic Lawn, Garden Care & Pest Control

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Old 07-15-03, 12:44 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 both....

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, 04:10 PM
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Great advice, Tom

This one deserves to be a sticky

Thanks

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Old 07-18-03, 12:14 PM
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whew...

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, 05:55 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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Corn gluten as fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicide

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/info...corngluten.htm
 
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Old 02-29-04, 06:52 PM
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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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PS: (Yes & No)
Yes. Chewing tobacco is still legal....
No. Using fingers to add tabacco to recipe...will not cause cancer....
 
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There really is no means to control insects, diseases and pests in any one time application of any organic or commerical chemical.

Repeated applications at regular intervals works best.

To control the above, try these tonics:
1 cup liquid dish soap...(not dishwashing soap)
1 cup of regular antiseptic mouthwash. (Non flavored)
1 cup chewing tobacco juice*

Or
8-teaspoons of tomato and vegetable dust
2 tablespoons liquid dish soap
(not dishwashing detergent)

Add ingredients above to 20 gallon hose end sprayer.
Fill remaining sprayed with water.
Attach to hose end.
Spray entire area.
Water well after application(s)

*Making tobacco juice.
Add into a thin cloth 3 teaspoons of tobacco
Tie end of cloth
Toss into small pot of boiling water.
Allow to boil 15 -20 minutes.
Remove cloth bag and toss into trash.
Add juice to mixture above.

One application monthly may be needed.
Totally organic. Will not harm flowers or plants.
For outdoor use only.

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D.E. [diatomatious earth] makes a good non-toxic fire ant killer. the tiny particles are like broken glass to the ants exoskeleton. not an immediate kill, but it works. i also here it is good to feed your dog for worms but i would be sure to get the right [edible] grade product.
 
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i forgot to tell howie that his explaination was excellent. however i think the improved microbial activity does more for thatch control than nitrogen.
also tom, did your grandpa use your method to make the tobacco juice or did he do it the old fashiond way?
 
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Hi: Kerry

Ya Know, not really sure how gramps did the tobacco process each time.
Been many many moons ago. Way back in the early 50's.

You know, way, way & way back into that "Stone Age" era....LOL!

Anyway, I suspect he used "ALL" methods...

Old fashioned, b4 and after & "Natural Ways"...if you get my "Drift."

LMAO...haha.

Side Notes 1:
Diatomatious earth is also a great snail & slug killer.
Kill off or remove any existing snail(s) in the flower beds first.*
Border off flower bed(s) with the stuff.
Snails & Slugs that pass through, if they do, die.
The stuff scratches their skins...(???) and infection sets it.
Safe and very effective.
*If the existing snails or slugs within the flower bed(s) are not killed first, the will be "Trapped" within to the bed(s) to continue their evil doings.

Side Note 2
Table Salt can also be used in place of diatomatious earth.
Kill off or remove any existing snails & slugs in the flower beds first.*
Encircle flower bed(s) with common salt.
Provides the same effect but in a different method.
*If the existing snails & slugs within the flower bed(s) are not killed first, the will be "Trapped" within to the bed(s) to continue their evil doings.

The above may also be used for "Veggie" gardens, etc.
>Defiinitely do not want snails or slugs trapped in a "Salad" garden.<

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Post reply also contains the above information, (Side Note 1 & 2) to comply with the "no chit-chat, small talk and or gossiping" within the forum rules....
 
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Spring time is or has arrived in many parts of the county. Planting and growing time is now upon us. So is the maintenance of our lawns, gardens and flower beds.

From deep within the archives, this thread has been Exhumed and Resurrected for your knowledge base and learning methods...

 
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