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    Default Soda, Beer, Soap, Mouthwash & Ammonia....for your LAWN!?

    I find this article extremely interesting and as crazy as it sounds, am tempted to try it. Thoughts? Anybody tried it, or know someone who has?

    Man Invents "Tonic" To Keep Grass Green

    You may not have to look far for the key to getting green grass. News 3's Dana Wagner has a drought alert, and reports it's already warm, but the hot weather that's on the way can do some serious damage to valley yards. One man has come up with an interesting formula that many call a "tonic" for a drought stressed lawn.

    Tim Heffron is a self proclaimed lawn tonic expert. "I have the best lawn in the neighborhood. Deep, thick, beautiful turf that stays this way all season. It's greening up real nice." His is always the first lawn to green up in the neighborhood. "Those are fighting words." He gets these great results with no sprinkler system and only a little fertilizer.

    "I started using it about five years ago back in Oklahoma, where it's 100 degrees every day, day in and day out." His secret is a formula, a "tonic," made up of common household ingredients. A pop, a beer, a little liquid dishwashing soap, some mouthwash and some household ammonia are all mixed in to a 10 gallon hose end sprayer.

    "The pop and the beer are essentially food for your lawn, and the combination of the two will allow the grass, the dead grass in your lawn, help to begin to break down and to compost much quicker." The liquid soap is a wetting agent, helping the formula to penetrate to the roots. The ammonia promotes growth and turns your lawn green, and the mouthwash does something you would never suspect mouthwash would do. It kills the bugs and grubs.

    "It essentially messes up their reproductive cycle and keeps them out of

    your lawn and makes it look a lot better and leaves it minty fresh." And because it's applied with the hose sprayer, it's a direct shot to your sod. "When you don't have a lot of water, and we're on watering restrictions, this is another way to get the nutrients to your lawn and keep it growing."

    It's a half a cup of all the ingredients, with the exception of the the pop and the beer. You pour all of those in, and then says Tim, you too are on your way to the best looking lawn in your neighborhood.

    If you want to give the recipe a try, here's what you'll need:

    * One can of soda, not diet, but regular
    * One can of beer, not light beer
    * 1/2 cup of liquid dishwashing soap
    * 1/2 cup of mouthwash
    * 1/2 cup of household ammonia

    Mix it all in a 10 gallon hose-end sprayer. You'll want to apply it every three weeks. You should mow your lawn late in the evening and then apply the lawn tonic immediately after that.
    Source: http://www.kvbc.com/

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    I tried something very similar on our lawn this spring. I don't recall using the soda in out tonic, though, but we had great results after just one treatmeant. I wanted to try it again this summer but we haven't had a chance to spray again. My mom's neighbor actually did a similar tonic on their lawn and my mom said that they had the greenest yard in the whole neighborhood.

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    What kind of mouthwash? Listerine or non alcoholic?

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    Is it mixed with water from the hose or sprayed directly on?
    ~Maggie~
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    but we had great results after just one treatmeant. I wanted to try it again this summer but we haven't had a chance to spray again. My mom's neighbor actually did a similar tonic on their lawn and my mom said that they had the greenest yard in the whole neighborhood.
    That's awesome! I think we are definitely going to try this!

    What kind of mouthwash? Listerine or non alcoholic?
    Not listerine, I don't think. Just scope or something similar....

    Is it mixed with water from the hose or sprayed directly on?
    It does mix with water.... I found this on another site: "A ten gallon hose end sprayer does not contain ten gallons of liquid. It is a sprayer with a reservoir that attaches to your garden hose, and when the reservoir is full, mixes evenly with ten gallons of water that flows through the hose."


    HTH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annette View Post
    What kind of mouthwash? Listerine or non alcoholic?
    I think I just used Listerine. It didn't make a difference with the little alcohol that was in it because we were also putting beer on our lawn and that has alcohol in it, kwim. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie8202 View Post
    Is it mixed with water from the hose or sprayed directly on?
    You dilute it with water and you can get hose sprayer things at Home Depot.

    Also, the book we read that suggested this said you should dethatch your lawn first. If you don't bag everytime you mow, you leave behind clippings on your lawn, which is called thatch. If you want to do this, you can rent a dethatcher from a hardware store, you can get an attachment for your lawnmower or you can get a special dethatching rake and do it by hand. I DO NOT reccommend doing it by hand as this is the route we took and it not only took forever but it wore us out. If you aerate your lawn, you shouldn't need to dethatch.

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    I am so ready to try this but now I can't find the sprayer. I checked Home Depot and Lowes and the only sprayers they had that connect to your hose are the ones that you put powder/granules into, not liquid. I am going to have to check online I guess.

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    I definitely want to try this!

    To anyone else that trys it - please keep us posted with your results!

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    I got my sprayer (ended up ordering online) and I'm going to mow and apply this weekend! I'll take "before" pics to compare to later..,hope it works! I'll keep you posted.

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