For every problem that troubles your lawn--pests, weeds, problems spots--there's a synthetic product offering a solution. But for every chemical available to treat common lawn issues, homeowners have a number of natural remedies at their disposal that can be just as effective. Not only are these natural remedies good for your pocketbook and lawn, but they're good for the environment, too.
Natural Home Remedies for Weeds in a Lawn
Use vinegar, full strength, as an effective means of ridding weeds from a lawn. Multiple treatments of boiled water are also a good way to get rid of weeds that grow in a lawn, especially along driveways. One teaspoon of rubbing alcohol mixed with 1 liter of water also makes a good spray for killing weeds, but it will also kill any plants it comes into contact with.
Natural Home Remedies for Fertilizing a Lawn
When mowing your lawn, leave the grass clippings on the lawn. As the clippings decompose, they provide the lawn with essential nutrients, nitrogen in particular, and reduce the need for commercial fertilizer.
Natural Home Remedies for Treating Pests
Prevention is the most natural and best defense against treating pests that plague a lawn. Chinch bugs, bluegrass billbugs, sod webworms, cutworms and grubs are just a few insects that can invade and cause serious injury to a turf. But proper watering, mowing and fertilizing provide the best defense against an infestation.