You probably already have what you need to make your own organic lawn fertilizer.
Maybe this is something you were not expecting to read, but it’s absolutely true. Choosing a store fertilizer is usually complicated, but for some reason, a lot of people think that making their own at home is even more difficult.
Well, we’re happy you don’t think so.
Now that you decided to make your own, you will not only be helping your plants, but reducing your waste and saving a lot of money. You probably already knew all of this.
So let’s prove you right!
Organic lawn fertilizers are much better for your plants, and when you learn how to make them, you’ll see that they are even better for your budget.
And since we are talking about it, let’s see why going organic with your fertilizers is the best choice you can make.
The Advantages of Organic Lawn Fertilizer
You already know that it will be a lot better for your plants.
But how does it work exactly?
Understanding the basic principles of plant nutrients will be very helpful when composting from your own kitchen. This way, you will be able to tell which ingredients you are putting in your soil and have much more control of the process.
It all comes down to three nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
Naturally, any organic food or product that has any of them will make a great fertilizer for your plants.
Organic fertilizers usually contain all of these nutrients. They usually work slower because they break down the soil to make it easier for the plant to absorb its natural nutrients, and only then start to make way up the roots. Artificial fertilizers are faster because they feed the plant directly.
But slower is actually better. You cannot have healthy plants if your soil is not good enough, and organic lawn fertilizers not only feeds the plants, but nurture your soil. The result is that you will have better growth in the long term, and all without any chemicals involved.
Now that we know the true power of organic lawn fertilizer, let’s discover the true power of some kitchen items.
Because you probably already have everything you need to make your own fertilizer, you just didn’t know it. There are many different recipes you can make with simple ingredients to fertilize your soil, and they will probably surprise you.
Organic Lawn Fertilizer Basic Ingredients
These are first level ingredients for making your own organic fertilizer. We decided to call them that because you can use them individually, before moving on to mixing some in the recipes we have prepared for you.
And we guarantee you are familiar with all of them, because they are probably already in your kitchen. So don’t be surprised if you start wondering why you ever bought store fertilizer in the first place.
They are very high in potassium, and burying the peel next to your plants will help them grow strong. For example, if you are planting roses, you can bury a banana peel next to the roots and do it regularly as the plant grows.
You get an energy boost from your coffee all the time. Why not share it with your plants? Coffee grounds are especially great for acidic plants, like blueberries or strawberries. Sprinkle them evenly on the soil and watch them grow.
This one is full of bacteria and nutrients that keep the microbes in your soil healthy. This is one of those times when it’s actually better to let bacteria live, because they keep your soil and plants healthy, not sick.
It does the same job of protecting the microbes and bacteria of the soil because it has a lot of sugar that feeds them with the carbohydrates they need to live. Make sure it’s not diet soda and everything will be okay. Plus, it’s a nice opportunity to drink less of it yourself.
Calcium helps plants grow better roots, and eggshells have a lot of it. Wash your eggs before peeling or breaking them to make sure the shells are clean, and afterwards just crush the shells into smaller pieces and sprinkle them on your pots or lawn soil. You can also bury them a little bit into the ground.
These are only some of the ingredients you can use, but are definitely the best ones. You can also mix them and put a combination on your soil. This way, not only your plants will be getting the nutrients they need, but the soil will be improving its quality and making it easier for all kind of plants to grow on it.
Natural ingredients are definitely the best thing to use as fertilizer, but what if you want to cover your whole lawn?
Of course it doesn’t make sense to go around sprinkling eggshells and coffee grounds in your grass, and we wouldn’t want you to.
For larger areas of grass and soil, we have some organic lawn fertilizer liquid recipes that you can also make at home with very simple ingredients.
Organic Lawn Fertilizer Recipes
There are many different combinations you can use for making your own organic lawn fertilizer. Some recipes are more complicated and take time to prepare, but we are all about efficiency.
You can make most of these recipes in less than 15 minutes. And you won’t even have to go to the store and buy any of the ingredients.
Again, they are probably already sitting in your kitchen counter.
All you are going to need are beer, soda, shampoo, natural soap, and Epsom salts.
If you don’t have any of these ingredients, don’t worry. Every recipe is different and for sure you will be able to make at least two of them in the next fifteen minutes after you finish reading this article.
In 8 oz. of water, mix 16 tablespoons of Epsom salts and 8 oz. of ammonia. Epsom salts are great for water retention and are high in minerals, so they will balance chemicals in your soil and improve water absorption. Pour the mix in a spraying can and use it all over your lawn once a week.
Mix two cups of water, one cup of orange juice, one cup of tomato juice and ½ a cup of fabric softener. The acidic levels in the juices will also balance the soil composition naturally. Just as with the same recipe, sprinkle it all over your lawn once a week and wait for the results.
The next recipes will take more time because they are meant for those who need to have large amounts of fertilizer available. Whether you are a professional gardener or just have a lawn bigger than your budget, this ones are for you.
In 10 gallons of water, pour one can of beer, one can of soda and one cup of baby shampoo. Let it sit for two or three hours and then use on large spaces once every one or two weeks.
The beer has a lot of good bacteria that will protect the ones already living in your grass. The soda will help them absorb the carbohydrates they need, while the baby shampoo works as a gentle disinfectant.
In another 10 gallons of water, pour one can of non diet soda, one can of beer, ½ cup of ammonia and ½ cup of non antibacterial dish soap.
The soda and beer will take good care of your lawn’s bacteria, so it’s very important that the dish soap is not antibacterial. Otherwise you will be reversing the effect.
Remember, microbes and bacteria are an important part of a balanced soil.
Other Things to Consider
Now, you have ideas for making your own organic lawn fertilizer, no matter the size of your garden. It is possible to care for your plant with natural ingredients, whether you have just one pot inside your house or a huge lawn with everything from grass to trees.
All you have to remember is that fertilizing everyday could hurt your plants. Too much of a good thing can end up being bad, so do it only every one or two weeks.
Finally, pay attention to your plants and see how they react.
Gardening is a process and learning to know your plants is much more enjoyable when you are taking care of them with homemade organic lawn fertilizers.
Taking Care of the Environment with Organic Lawn Fertilizers
Nothing could be better that reducing your waste while taking care of the planet at the same time.
In this article, we saw that it’s not difficult at all.
You don’t have to make an extreme lifestyle change, all you need is to learn how to use your kitchen items in creative ways.
So have fun, and happy gardening!