Chemical fertilizers may help give fast results, but are not always the best solution for being environmentally friendly. Find out how to help green up your lawn without using an excessive amount of chemicals.
I have spent the past several years working on making my yard as green as I can without using nasty chemicals or fertilizer. While I’ve found that just going out to my local nursery and buying their organic fertilizer works, I didn’t like that I had to put it on my yard every month for at least a year to get it started. I also didn’t like the fact that if my neighbor used a chemical fertilizer and it over sprayed into our yard it would basically destroy any progress made with going organic and I’d have to start over each time.
The first thing that you can do is spread iron on your lawn. The product I always use is Ironite. It’s a great item that always helps to green up your lawn without causing it to burn from excessive chemicals or have sudden growth spurts causing you to have to start mowing your lawn twice a week.
That’s great if you have all your grass firmly established though. So what do you do when the grass you have is struggling, even when you water regularly? As long as you don’t expect immediate results, there’s a few things. If you want immediate results, sorry, just go buy fresh grass sod and water it until it’s established. If you’re willing to wait, then read on.
The best way to get your lawn to green up is to stimulate the microbial activity within the ground itself. I’ll be honest in that I don’t fully understand why those little microbes help out so much, but I know that they do. I would have to speculate that it has something to do with the products they consume and what their waste products contain which helps the stimulate root growth and green up the lawn. Stimulating the that microbial activity is easier than you’d think though.
The first step, and generally the only step needed, is to just pour your leftover soda, beer, and wine on the spots in your yard you’re trying to green up. That’s it. The sugars in the soda and wine, as well as the yeast in the beer, help to stimulate all of that wonderful microbial activity. I’ve known some people to actually go out and purchase a case of the cheapest beer or soda possible to do this, but that just seems like a waste to me. We routinely have leftover parts of sodas at our household, so why not put them to good use as opposed to just pouring them down the drain? If we have a dinner party and have leftover wine and we don’t get around to finishing the bottle before it starts to turn, that goes out on the brown spots in the yard as well. The results are slow to see, but do work. We have successfully brought back several dead areas in the past using nothing more than leftover wine and soda.
The second step, if you want to go a little further, is to spread rabbit feed or horse feed on your lawn. Don’t just run out to your local pet store and buy any bag of rabbit food. What you need is the small green pellets which are nothing more than alfalfa and molasses. I remember that as always being rabbit food, but after trips to two different feed stores, I found out that what I wanted was actually bagged as horse feed. Not only does it work well, but at under ten dollars for a fifty pound bag, it’s even cheaper than the equivalent amount of fertilizer. What happens here is that once you spread it across your lawn and water it, the pellets break up. The alfalfa breaks down and adds a small layer of compost to your yard. The molasses gets down into the ground and, like the sugar in the soda, helps to stimulate the microbial activity. An additional benefit to the molasses is that it stimulates the microbes to the point that it will drive out fire ants and some other unwanted pests in the yard as well.
So go pour your leftover drinks on your yard. Your neighbors may look at you funny, but your lawn will thank you for it in the long run.
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