The Secret To A Flourishing Green Lawn Is Sitting Right In Your Kitchen

Keeping your lawn looking perfect is tricky, and sometimes situations catch us off guard. For example, not knowing why some areas get waterlogged while others don't, or why random brown spots appear. If you notice your lawn has been struggling, a few garlic cloves from your kitchen can work wonders to give you the lawn of your dreams. It's not as weird as it sounds; the garlic will be blended into a liquid spray instead of lying in chunks on the grass. All you need is garlic cloves, water, and some soap.

If your lawn has trouble growing healthy and green, but your fertilizer isn't working, the issue runs deep in the roots. You should never ignore your lawn's soil health. Parasites are good at making their way into the grass's soil and infecting the roots. Your lawn will never fully flourish without properly eliminating the parasites or other infestations, and luckily garlic works as a natural pesticide.

How to use garlic on your lawn

You can plant garlic cloves near your lawn, but they won't be as effective to combat parasites in the lawn's soil. So, turning them into a liquid is best to ensure you can spread it over the entire yard. All you need is one head of garlic, 4 cups of water, two tablespoons of liquid dish soap, a mason jar, and a spray bottle.

Start by peeling your head of garlic and then place the peeled garlic cloves in a blender or food processor with one cup of water and blend it for one minute. You likely won't have a perfectly blended mixture; the cloves will be a little bit chunky. Add three more cups of water to your blender, along with the liquid soap, and blend again until you have a liquid with fewer clumps. You can either allow the mixture to steep for 12 to 24 hours, or instantly strain and fill your spray bottle with the liquid. Finally, spray your grass with the garlic mixture, covering every section evenly.

Why this works

Garlic's potent smell can make parasites run for the hills. It contains sulfur and allicin chemicals that contribute to the strong smell; pests and larger animals, like rabbits and deer, can't handle the scent. Therefore, using garlic spray on your lawn is a natural pest repellent. While there are chemical pesticides that can achieve similar results, they are toxic and may even harm some of your plants.

On the other hand, garlic solutions provide healthy nutrients to your lawn and other plants while keeping pests far away. Garlic contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper, and potassium. These nutrients provide various benefits, such as improved water movement to get through the soil to the roots and increased chlorophyll production, which lends to greener blades. 

Use the garlic solution until you notice the pests are gone and your grass is healthy, which could be once a week for a few weeks. Or, continue to periodically spray the garlic water if your grass lacks nutrients to help boost them. You won't harm your lawn if you consistently use the garlic, but ensure you keep to a once-a-week application.