Simplify Your Life with Estell Porter| Spring…Summer? A real pain in the grass

(Last Updated On: May 9, 2014)

The spring and summer months blend together here in the south.  It seems as if one day it is winter and the next it’s summer, at least to me.  I much prefer winter, because you can layer to get warm, but you can’t unlayer enough to get cool.  Hot is just that, hot.  Everything feels the heat, including our lawns.

I was in a pickle thinking about what to write this week.  There were just too many distractions.  A big distraction was my lawn.  I have some brown spots.  I don’t like brown spots.  With Harris and surrounding counties in a mild drought, getting and keeping a green lawn can be a chore.   So since I’ve been reading a lot about lawns, and how to correct my problem, I’ll share some of what I learned with you.

Here are four tips* to get your green on (source, Jerry Baker, America’s Master Gardener)

1.  Got Bugs?   To keep your lawn bug free and healthy , bathe it every 2 weeks with

All Season Clean-Up Tonic
1  cup shampoo,
1  cup of chewing tobacco juice
1 cup of antiseptic mouthwash
Put the above in a 20 gallon hose-end sprayer and fill with warm water, spray to the point of run off

2.  Dinner Time?   Feed your lawn and garden, trees and shrubs  every 3 weeks  with

All Season Green-Up Tonic
1 can beer
1 cup of ammonia
½ cup of baby shampoo
½ cup of molasses or corn syrup
Put the above in a 20-gallon hose-end sprayer and fill with warm water, spray to the point of run off

3.  Beautiful Blooms?  For fantastic foliage and beautiful blooms, feed your flowers every 2 weeks  with

 Flowering Plants Tonic 
1  cup beer
2  tbsp. each –fish fertilizer, liquid dish soap, ammonia, whiskey
1 tbsp.  each– clear corn syrup, gelatin
4 tsp. of instant tea
Dissolve the above in 2 gallons water

4. Plants Need Food?  Just like your garden flowers need food, your outdoor container plants need it too. Use ½ cup of the below mixture to each gallon of water for your outdoor container plants.

Mix the following in a 1-gallon milk jug 
1 tbsp. of All Purpose Fertilizer
½ tsp. of dry jello
½ tsp. of shampoo
½ tsp. of corn syrup
¼ tsp. of tea granules
1 cupful of whiskey
Fill the balance with water

When it comes to lawns and gardens, Jerry Baker, America’s Master Gardener has been my go-to guy.  The above tips* are from his past body of work which through the years have proven tried and true for me.

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About Estell Porter
Local author, Estell Porter, shares tips and advice for simplifying every aspect of your life in her new column “Simplify Your Life.” Join her weekly on TheEmpowerMag.com to discover ways to cut costs, organize your life or find a simpler way to do just about anything.

Simplify Your Life with Estell Porter| Spring…Summer? A real pain in the grass