How to Make My Own Pet Safe Lawn Care Products

Overview

Modern commercial lawn-care products are quite effective at promoting a fast-growing green yard. Unfortunately, the chemicals contained in these products are not always pet or kid safe. For a pet and kid safe alternative, it is necessary to dig in the kitchen pantry and find food based products that offer an equal, if not better, benefit for the lawn and garden.

Step 1

Heat the water until just before it begins to boil and place in the large mixing bowl.

Step 2

Add the fish fertilizer, kelp extract, Epsom salts and coffee grounds and allow to sit overnight. Fish fertilizer and kelp extract are rich in nutrients including nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which are essential for a green, healthy yard. Kelp also contains plant hormones that enable grass to better fight off disease. Epsom salt is rich in magnesium, a mineral which is lost in alkaline soils.

Step 3

Mix in the vinegar, molasses, beer, ammonia, dish soap, and tea tree oil. Stir until the mixture is completely dissolved and incorporated. Vinegar and tea tree oil act as natural anti-fungal agents to prevent soil molds. Beer and coffee have anti microbial properties as well as adding additional acidity to the soil. Ammonia breaks down in the soil and releases nitrates for the grass. Finally soap and mouthwash are natural insecticides to keep disease carrying pests away.

Step 4

Place the mixture is a hose spray attachment and completely cover the yard. Water the yard thoroughly to water in the liquid fertilizer and encourage root absorption.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 cups water
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 2 tablespoons fish fertilizer
  • 1 tsp. kelp extract
  • 1 tbsp. Epsom salts
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup coffee grounds
  • 1 can beer
  • 1/2 cup liquid dish soap
  • 1/2 cup liquid ammonia
  • 1/4 cup tea tree oil

References

  • Thriftyfun.com: Fertilizer Recipes
  • Dianeseeds.com: Organic Fertilizer
  • "Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean;" Linda Cobb; 2004
Keywords: pet safe, lawn care, food based products

About this Author

Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.