Why You'll Want To Sprinkle Cinnamon On Your Grass

Are you struggling to nurture your lawn? If so, you don't need to break out the expensive fertilizer. You may just need to sprinkle some cinnamon on patches of grass where you're looking to encourage new growth. Fertilizing your lawn is a slippery slope, as too much fertilizer can actually prevent your grass from thriving. You'll also find that chemical fertilizers pollute local waterways, contributing to greenhouse gases. That's what makes cinnamon such a great staple in your yard. It's inexpensive and non-toxic to people, pets (in small doses), and the environment. 

For starters, cinnamon can kill fungus before your soil becomes inundated with disease or your plants suffer from root rot. Since cinnamon can kill mold and mildew, it can prevent a host of fungi from ruining your lawn. Lawn fungus can quickly grow out of control, taking over and destroying your yard. It often occurs due to periods of high heat and copious amounts of humidity, but cinnamon can work to prevent it in the first place. Aside from fungus prevention, cinnamon also adds much-needed nutrients, including iron. Iron is crucial for a healthy lawn, as it helps any new grass to take root. If your lawn is deficient in iron, you may see it start to die, losing its lush green coloring. But a generous sprinkle of ground cinnamon is all you need to keep your lawn looking healthy. Here's what you need to know about cinnamon and all its benefits.

Sprinkle cinnamon as you plant new grass seed

According to TikTok user @thekrazycouponlady, ground cinnamon deters pests and fungus and even helps seedlings grow. Although you can grab a container of cinnamon and start sprinkling it about your yard, you might want to wait until you plant new grass seed. If you have compacted soil, you'll first want to use an aerator. This helps your cinnamon penetrate the soil's surface, delivering its much-needed nutrients and water. Next, plant your grass seed either by hand or using a push spreader. For your cinnamon, all you have to do is sprinkle this inexpensive kitchen spice as a protective barrier for your seedlings. 

But why does cinnamon work, exactly? Cinnamon has anti-fungal properties, zapping any spores in the soil. It also keeps ants and spider mites away. Ants can quickly damage your lawn, especially as it begins to take root. They create tunnels and, as they do so, can damage your lawn's roots. You'll find sparse patches of lawn riddled with ant mounds. Spider mites can cause your lawn to dry out and turn yellow. They feast on the lower portion of grass blades, but cinnamon can work to keep them away. You'll find that spider mites can't handle cinnamon's naturally antimicrobial properties, making it a non-toxic way of repelling these pests. With nothing more than a kitchen spice, you'll have a fungus-free lawn with far fewer pests.