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What are some good home made remedies for lawn weed control, pest control, fungus control, and fertilizer that really work.


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Check out the various GROUPS.  There is a world of knowlege and information from real people (KGI members) with real experiences available. Stay natural, David 
A RECIPES page for home-made remedies that work would be handy. I wanted to cut & paste the remedy for Powdery Mildew that I've posted in Groups on KGI at least 3 times & today SEARCH isn't showing it. I don't have reading time at the moment to try to find it ... Here's a remedy that I have used for years on Powdery Mildew. It stops the PM & restores the "look" of the plants for the season, with some repeats on especially susceptible plants - such as the Aster Laevis in my Profile photo, which I have planted in many big gardens for it's beautiful shiny Emerald-green foliage throughout the season & masses of lavender Asters starting about mid-September & blooming profusely until hard frosts & snowfall. It is a great late bee plant! In a quart spray bottle of water, hot if possible, add ~1/4 c. canola oil & 1T Ivory dish soap liquid. Mix by turning the bottle & keep mixed as you spray affected leaves & stems top & bottom. Powdery Mildew is a parasite & the oil interrupts it's connection to the host plant. You could mix this up in a larger sprayer, but I have used just a quart bottle on large plant installations. Joel tried this on his Currants or Gooseberries & said the PM came back - I suggested using a bit more oil if the infestation is persistent or the plant is especially susceptible or leafy to spray. I have sometimes repeated spraying, but the 1st application has saved gardens from ruin many times. After I first posted this on KGI I noticed some research at Woods End Labs online that said raw Canola oil can be considered an adjuvant for supporting beneficial bacterial life on plants, when used in compost tea. I have used only cooking Canola oil in this spray - but there may be a benefit beyond physical action. Josephine added that Canola is from the mustard family, so the processed oil may retain some of it's sulphur-ey compounds.
Many gardeners and groundskeepers are under the mistaken impression that lawn moles eat the roots of their plants and turf grasses. However, moles are insectivores. Their primary diet is earthworms and grubs and a single mole can eat more than 140 grubs and cutworms daily. They also feast on destructive garden pests like snails, beetles, and millipedes. In fact, at just over a quarter-pound, a mole can consume 45 to 50 pounds of worms and insects each year.The greatest harm that mole tunneling does to turf grass is by separating soil from roots. Still, the mole's digging actually improves soil quality by turning and aerating the soil and mixing accumulated nutrients throughout the excavation.Brianhow to get rid of mice for beginners
I will suggest you to better call a Pest Control Exterminator they will help you out in a Best way without harming your lawns.
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