Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation

Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation
A great way to talk about all things lawn care related. Grass, turf, shrubs, trees, aeration, fertilization, reseeding, hydro-seeding, mowing, grub control, chemicals and pesticides. Ask questions, give answers. Grow!

Lawn chemical alternatives


Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation

A great way to talk about all things lawn care related. Grass, turf, shrubs, trees, aeration, fertilization, reseeding, hydro-seeding, mowing, grub control, chemicals and pesticides. Ask questions, give answers. Grow!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-18-2008, 03:33 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,181
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default Lawn chemical alternatives

Have you ever tried using any of these lawn care chemical alternatives? Do any of them work?

Heard of Soda on Grass? If It's Up to Ryan Baker You Will - Beer: Plain old Budweiser can be used as a source of carbohydrates for the microbes in the soil. Microbes help in converting food matter in the soil to elements plants use.

Whiskey, scotch or bourbon: Not just for drinking, these liquors can be used as a disinfectant to keep bugs away.

Soda: That pop you drink with lunch can also be used to provide carbohydrates to microbes.

Ammonia: Provides nitrogen that plants absorb.

Mouthwash: It freshens breath and can act as an insecticide or fungicide.

Dish soap: A solution for chinch bugs.

Molasses or corn syrup: Provides carbohydrates, just like beer, and sugar and can promote the greening process in plants.

Epsom salt: Deepens the color, thickens petals and improves root structure of plants.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 08-18-2008, 03:48 PM
justin_time justin_time is offline
Justin
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: French River, ON, Canada
Age: 28
Posts: 1,801
Rep Power: 0
justin_time is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Beer: Plain old Budweiser can be used as a source of carbohydrates for the microbes in the soil. Microbes help in converting food matter in the soil to elements plants use.
Now why would you go waste beer like that
Reply With Quote
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-18-2008, 06:41 PM
musician/lawnman's Avatar
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 7
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Epsom Salt works pretty well, I've mixed it into my fertilizer prior to spreading it.

Don't know about the others but I'm not wasting beer either unless somebody gave me (I know this won't make me popular on here, but....)
budwiser.... uhhhh, swamp piss beer gives me an instant hangover before I finish the 1st one!
__________________
AAA QUALITY CLEAN CUT, LLC.
LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPING
Visit us here:

  #4  
Old 08-19-2008, 12:46 AM
UniversityLandscapers
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I spot treat dandelions and other big broadleaf weeds with vinegar, which is what I also use for weeds in driveways, etc. I once bought some "organic weed killer" then read the label and realized it was a weaker than table vinegar solution of acetic acid.

I use an organic fertilizer which is mainly composed of potash, some fish bone meal stuff, and some other random plant based things. Some of that stuff seems like it would cause problems in a wet climate (any of the acidic things) but I guess you can always offset the addition of acid to the lawn with lime.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-21-2008, 04:44 PM
Lukacs Property Maintenance's Avatar
Lukacs Property Maintenance Lukacs Property Maintenance is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lower Nicola, BC
Posts: 138
Rep Power: 7
Lukacs Property Maintenance is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb pests be gone

I have used just diluted soap and water for bugs on plants. It works on the soft sheled bugs like aphids. I also used hot boiling water right out of the kettle for weeds on the driveway. I've only used it on the driveway and sidewalk. I think the boiling water will kill weeds and more if you use it on the turf areas. I have seen the city goin around with a steem cleaner/preasure washer killin weeds along fence lines.

Mike
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
more information on the chemical screen Gopher Support Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 0 04-22-2006 01:29 PM
Chemical/weather on invoice Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 7 03-11-2006 04:07 PM
Chemical Applications tiedeman Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 08-08-2005 05:20 AM
Chemical F.A.Q.'s Steve Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 0 02-21-2005 06:15 PM
Chemical applicaions lawngodfather Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 2 11-05-2003 01:37 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
Yesterday 08:59 PM
Yesterday 08:59 PM
by SGL1
0 23
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
Yesterday 08:51 PM
by SGL1
11 238
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
Yesterday 08:47 PM
by SGL1
27 1,115
Customer letters
kslawn
Yesterday 06:17 AM
Yesterday 06:17 PM
by kslawn
2 62
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
Yesterday 05:53 PM
by eastsidelandcare
2 130
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
Yesterday 05:49 PM
by eastsidelandcare
2 169
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
Yesterday 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 206
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 03:55 PM
by stevef1201
75 4,277
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
Yesterday 03:48 PM
by googus
3 111
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
Yesterday 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 139
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
Yesterday 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,315
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
Yesterday 12:14 PM
by Steve
14 821
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
Yesterday 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 175
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
Yesterday 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 84
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 208
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 607
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 447
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 224
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
07-21-2014 01:04 PM
by Steve
12 499
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 521
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 113
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 115
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 659
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 974
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 710
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 641
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 318,558
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-15-2014 11:56 AM
by Steve
5 219
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-15-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
9 321
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,656
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 394
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 326
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 787
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 504
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 510
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
07-12-2014 07:36 PM
by SGL1
21 1,830
Fuel and fuel additives
SGL1
07-06-2014 10:23 AM
07-11-2014 07:53 PM
by SGL1
15 505
Questions for a patchy...
jumcgee
07-09-2014 08:42 AM
07-11-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
1 177
toro proline blades wont...
boog
06-25-2014 06:26 PM
07-11-2014 05:28 AM
by kslawn
18 610
Contents of Marketing to...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-09-2014 05:25 PM
07-10-2014 03:23 PM
by Steve
3 265
Shindaiwa
CLB454
05-13-2014 09:04 PM
07-10-2014 03:04 PM
by Steve
14 744
Starting New in FL
mmcuttrim
08-06-2010 09:22 AM
07-10-2014 02:44 PM
by Steve
48 11,203
Bid help 45 on acre...
Priggan
06-26-2014 12:56 PM
07-09-2014 08:38 AM
by kslawn
7 488
need help bidding fence...
veteranslawncaresystems
07-03-2014 10:33 AM
07-08-2014 12:00 PM
by Steve
5 349
Trimmer or Knife?
gwilson98
07-04-2014 09:56 PM
07-07-2014 02:41 PM
by Steve
6 312
Started a New Solar Lawn...
Solar Lawn Care
06-08-2013 01:40 AM
07-07-2014 01:55 PM
by Steve
37 7,377
New Canadian Member
coppervalley
07-04-2014 02:15 PM
07-07-2014 01:12 PM
by Steve
1 213
Happy Independance...
stevef1201
07-04-2014 07:05 AM
07-07-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
2 213
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-07-2014 12:47 PM
by Steve
4 292
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
07-06-2014 01:50 PM
by SGL1
21 5,196
» Popular Tags
4wd advertisement article marketing auger bid butterfly gardens charge christmas lighting christmas light service courtesy call customers decorating escrow estimate exmark ferris first truck fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely gravely 34" zero turn hills holiday holiday decorating holiday lighting how much to charge introduction john deere quik trac lawn lawn care lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf leaf removal lighting managing a lawn care business marketing mow mulch new buisness new mower outdoor environments payment podcast property management company push versus ride redmax reo scag scripts seo snow starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steve stihl subcontractor theft toro trailer turfgrass consulting walker winter zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:06 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:06 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy