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Homemade Lawn Food
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Old Warrior    Posted 06-11-2001 at 07:02:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A few years back, there was an old fella on TV who stirred up a batch of lawn food from beer, dish soap, ammonia etc. Then he'd spray them on with a quart gasrden-hose sprayer. He explained the "whys' of each ingredient and it worked real well for me. I'd like to try it again --

Does anyone have his recipe?

LESLIE    Posted 05-09-2004 at 17:00:58       [Reply]  [No Email]


LESLIE    Posted 05-09-2004 at 17:00:58       [Reply]  [No Email]

CP    Posted 07-13-2004 at 13:09:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How much of an area does this recipe cover? Do you recommend I also do lime and fertilize or does this recipe replace it?

Hector Burnett    Posted 11-21-2007 at 03:37:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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Carl Maratta    Posted 05-16-2007 at 04:42:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Does the mixture really work on your grass and how much will the mixture cover.Thanks Carl

Charlottec    Posted 06-12-2004 at 14:59:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have an organic mix of my own. Safe to use in very hot weather. This mixture can be used on everything..I'm a master gardener and teach the public hoe to cut back on non organic fertilizers...Into an open end sprayer{miracle grow sprayer is ok to use} add 4ounces of fish emulision {liquid] 1 tbs baby shampoo, 2tbs epsom salts[it is organic] one small bottle of flat cheap beer mix well attach to hose spray away . everything will green up overnight includig lawns and gardens....Tomatoes and peppers love the fish emulision food and grow rapidily Flowers and herbs as well love this method of "liquid feed".. Thanks Charlotte Leslie

Charlottec    Posted 06-12-2004 at 14:59:39       [Reply]  [No Email]

Researchdoc    Posted 06-27-2002 at 07:15:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jerry Baker (America's master gardner) is the tonic man. Get one of his books or go to
The tonic below is correct. Baker always uses a 40 gallon hose end sprayer.

katie    Posted 07-05-2006 at 09:58:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I can't find my copy of your book and need to make up a batch of the lawn tonic with beer, dish soap, ebsom salts, etc. Can you help me.
Katie from Canada

Nathan(GA)    Posted 06-11-2001 at 11:34:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Looks like Dreamweaver has got you the recipe. He's on GPTV a good bit. He uses a bunch of beer, mouthwash and liquid soap.

I think they listed a web site one time, but I can't remember as usual.

Dreamweaver    Posted 06-11-2001 at 11:15:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have personally tried this, and it really works!

1 cup of Epsom salts
1 cup of antiseptic mouthwash
1 cup of liquid dish soap
1 cup of ammonia
1 can of beer

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large container. Apply with a hose end sprayer.

Here's one for turf building.

1 cup of baby shampoo
1 cup of ammonia
1 cup of regular cola (not diet)
4 tbsp. of instant tea granules

Mix all of the ingredients together in a 20 gallon hose-end sprayer. Use it to overspray your turf after you apply the fertilizer above.

Steve Anderson    Posted 04-13-2002 at 16:32:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
About how many square feet is this recipe made to cover? I have a 24 gal tow behind sprayer for my lawn tractor and I am trying to get a mix for it that will let me tackle my 20-30,000 sf of yard. I'd like to find a mix where I can put down bug spray and fertilizer in the same mix (in a perfect world) Any help would be appreciated.

Steve Anderson    Posted 04-13-2002 at 16:32:44       [Reply]  [No Email]

Murphy    Posted 06-11-2001 at 12:12:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
That must be a BIG hose-end sprayer. Mine can't be bigger than a quart. Seriously, what rate would you put down both those mixtures? 1 oz./gal.?

naturally    Posted 06-05-2002 at 18:30:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The sprayers are preset to deliver a mixture with x number of gallons going through. For example, the sprayer from miracle grow will hold the above mentioned ingredients. The water goes through and pulls a small amount up. After 20 gallons of water has gone through, you're sprayer will be empty. Get it? Just read the info on the box and it will tell you how many gallons of water it will mix.

Dreamweaver    Posted 06-11-2001 at 13:03:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
1 quart per 20 gal hose end sprayer, Rev.... :-)

Dreamweaver    Posted 06-11-2001 at 13:13:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was just sitting here re-reading the Rev's question about the hose-end sprayer. Okay, I have the same kind you do. The kind that looks like the ones Miracle Grow comes in that screws onto the end of your hose. I mixed it up and poured enough in to fill that up, and let her rip! I am not quite sure what they mean about the 20 gal hose end sprayer, but I am picturing me walking around dragging this gigantic sprayer off the end of my hose and I am about to pe*pe* in my panti** laughing. But hey, it's what my book says! ROLFMAO

Murphy    Posted 06-12-2001 at 06:15:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's the picture I had in my mind as well. :) Well, at least the 20 gallon container thing. ;)

JoeK    Posted 06-11-2001 at 13:28:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe most generic hose sprayers have a "mixture knob" for blending the water/chems.Miracle grow may be preset for their
brand mixtures.......then again I am just speculatin...don't own one.

Old Warrior    Posted 06-11-2001 at 23:48:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many thanks for your kind responses and i'm indebted to Dreamweaver for the recipes! That's the one alright - couldn't remember the Epsom Salts.

Here's a small tribute to everybody here - especially the Barbershoppers :)

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