Enjoy this guest post from my friend, Lauralee:
Generally speaking, going Green means spending lots of Greens. You can save money in the long run but you sometimes have to pay more up front. Also having a GREEN weed free lawn can cost a lot of GREEN too. It can cost $300-$500 a year for lawn fertilizer and weed killer.
I hate how much it cost to keep your yard looking nice and I also don't like having to keep my kids off the grass for a few days after we have fertilized it.
I asked my dad if he had a better solution and now I am going to share it with you!
This is for all you home owners out there.
It is a constant job keeping your grass looking nice and green and weed free!
It can get expensive and can have lots of toxic and harmful chemicals!
Well not any more!
Are you ready for the surprising solution?
All you need is this:
That’s right, SUGAR. Plain white table sugar may just be the answer to your ‘green’ problems.
- Sugar feeds beneficial microbes, insects, and worms
- Sugar won’t cause allergic reactions in people or pets
- Sugar will fortify grass while discouraging weeds
- Sugar is easy to apply
- Sugar is cheap
- Sugar will not only make your lawn green ... but ‘green’, that is free from chemicals that damage the soil, our water supply, and ourselves.
Chemical fertilizers and herbicides kill off the beneficial microbes and insects that enrich soil. Sugar—the simplest carbohydrate—feeds them. And in turn, they will enrich your soil by —
- Increasing nutrients and enhancing the absorption of those nutrients
- Promoting nitrogen availability
- Increasing photosynthesis for a greener plant
- Stimulating root formation
- Improving soil structure
- Increasing humus levels
- Providing resistance to the climate extremes of heat, drought, and cold
- Controlling fungal diseases like brown spot
St. Augustine and other grasses thrive on nutrient-rich soil. Weeds, on the other hand, love poor soil because they can take over and crowd out unhealthy sod that barely gets enough nutrients from those sporadic, artificial feedings. Nutrient-rich soil, on the other hand, nourishes your grass every day without depletion.
If you have this it is helpful, but not required.
It’s easy to apply sugar to your lawn. You don’t have to be precise and you don’t have to use a spreader.
- Just sprinkle it onto your lawn by hand.
- I use an old juice container with a wide mouth, and just walk up and down the lawn, shaking out the sugar.
- Use a 5-pound bag for each 1,000 square feet of lawn.
- You cannot use too much, and it won’t burn your grass if more sugar spills on a concentrated area.
- I would suggest applying sugar several times during the first year of use.
- Since your lawn has been damaged from years of chemical applications, it needs time for those artificial fertilizers to be leached out of the ground and even more time to replenish those microbes that have been chased away.
- Once your lawn is normalized, you only have to spread sugar twice a year, in spring and fall.
- After applying, thoroughly wet down your lawn.
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