It’s that time of year when all of us race to plant our flowers, tend to our lawns and set up patios for the best months of the year here in the Midwest! It’s also that time of year when weeds are starting to pop through with a vengeance and those pesky bugs are setting up camp in our gardens. Below are some non-toxic home remedies that you can use to beautify your outdoors without the risk of using costly chemicals.
Problem: Mosquito invasion
Remedy: Essential oil concoction
Combine these ingredients in a 16oz bottle:
- 15 drops of lavender oil
- 3-4 Tbsp. of vanilla extract
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- Fill the rest of the bottle with water
- Shake and apply as a topical spray
Problem: Weeds in your lawn and landscaping
Remedy: Weed-be-gone (never use Roundup again!)
- 1 gallon of vinegar
- 2 cups Epson Salt
- ¼ cup Dawn Dish soap (must be the original blue kind)
- Spray on your lawn and landscaping in the morning after the dew is gone. By nighttime your weeds will be gone
Problem: Spider mites, whiteflies & caterpillars
Remedy: Garlic & hot pepper spray
- Take several cloves of garlic, one to two hot peppers & a few teaspoons of ground cayenne pepper and blend.
- Mix a quart of water into the blender.
- Strain this mixture through a cheese cloth and let it sit throughout the night.
- Add a few drops of liquid soap in the morning to help the mixture stick to your plants.
- Put your mixture in a spray bottle.
- When spraying on your plants use protective eyewear and rubber gloves to avoid irritation from the hot peppers.
- Don’t forget to spray under the leaves of your plants.
Problem: Aphids and soft bugs
- Mix a cup of Listerine in a gallon of water with a dash of liquid soap to help it stick.
- This remedy will allow not one single bug-chewed leaf in your garden!
Problem: Ant, ants & more ANTS!
Remedy: Soap & Cornmeal
- Spray soapy water on individual ants or a line of them, erasing the chemical trail they follow, will kill them.
- After you have successfully eradicated where they are coming from sprinkle cornmeal around the outside of your home. Ants will eat the cornmeal, grow thirsty and search for water, and expire.
Problem: Switching to an organic lawn
Remedy: Compost Tea
- Ok, it’s not really tea, but compost mixed with water acting like a vitamin for your lawn
- Take a large container and fill with compost and then equal amounts of water
- Let it soak for a few days and drain off the mixture through a screen or burlap
- You will now have a mixture that looks like “tea”
- Dilute that “tea” over your lawn through a sprayer, that connects to the end of a normal garden hose
- This will give your lawn a drink of vitamin rich nutrients that it needs without all the chemicals
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