Friday, May 25

Preparing the perfect lawn and garden tonic

Since christy and I got into yard work/gardening a few years prep for our wedding parties, I have done a lot of research on how to best enhance and, I guess, enrich our lawn and garden with natural, all-mighty mixtures. In my readings, I have found a few educational sources and thought I would share them with you.

Two of my top reference books are:

1) Jerry Baker (blog) and his website

2) This Old House

I have been experimenting with certain mixtures and they seem to work very well. I am trying to dig up a digital copy of Jerry's yard tonic and once I do, I will post it here. For now, here is an example of one garden/lawn tonic that will help most of you Coloradans. I know what you will be thinking when you read this soap and coke in my garden? YES, and it works. You will have an extremely healthy and vibrant lawn and voluptuous veggies.

The secret formula is actually just a mix of common household ingredients. All mixed into a 10-gallon hose-end sprayer. Each ingredient does something different, it feeds the lawn, penetrates the roots and promotes growth, and even kills bugs and grubs.


One can of soda - not diet
One can of beer - not light
1/2 cup liquid dishwashing soap (don't use anti-bacterial soap!)
1/2 cup mouthwash
1/2 cup household ammonia
Mixed in a 10 gallon hose end sprayer
*Apply every 3 weeks
Mow lawn in evening then make application

A lot of people thought it sounded too good to be true.

NOTE: A ten gallon hose end sprayer does not contain ten gallons of liquid. It is a sprayer with a reservoir that attaches to your garden hose, and when the reservoir is full, mixes evenly with ten gallons of water that flows through the hose.

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