Learn how to prepare and use 100 percent organic Liquid Grass Clipping Tea Fertilizer for your plants for free and watch them thrive!
When it comes to fertilizers, there are a wide array of options available. If you want a cheap alternative that works really well, then try making Liquid Grass Clipping Tea Fertilizer using the help of this guide!
Do check out our detailed article on the uses of Grass Clippings here
How to Make Liquid Fertilizer from Grass Clippings?
The process of making grass clipping fertilizer is easy, quick, and, most importantly, effective. You can prepare the grass-clipping fertilizer in buckets and barrels in your garden or in a small space like a balcony.
Things You’ll Need:
- Tilling Machine or Mower
- Mow some grass and fill a bucket with it. If you get some weeds, leaves, or soil along, it’s not a problem.
- Dump the clippings till it is 2/3 full. Less than this limit is going to make it weak, and more than this extent can displace the water.
- Fill it with water. Avoid brimming.
- Cover the bucket with a heavy lid and place it in the shade, letting it steep.
- In 1-2 weeks, your fertilizer will be ready.
Note: Sprinkle some water in the bucket before you add grass to it. This adds atmospheric oxygen and CO2 to the water. The process of agitation helps in moving the nutrients out of the grass.
Essential Nutrients in Grass Clipping Fertilizer
Depending on the type, growing conditions, and season, fresh grass clippings contain 4 percent nitrogen. They have an NPK ratio of 4-0.5-2. As it is relatively high in potassium, it makes for an excellent contributor to the root vegetables and flowers in their early growth stage.
Accumulation of salts is one of the major problems in containers while using fertilizers, and as it is low in sulfates, salts, and sodium, it helps to eliminate the accumulation.
Using Grass Clipping Tea Fertilizer
The best use of a liquid fertilizer is around the base of the plants. If you are using it for a single plant, 1 cup offers a fine boost. For container plants, use the diluted fertilizer as much as you want to moisten the entire container without draining.
- Fill a watering jug with the liquid fertilizer and pour it around the roots of the plants.
- If you are going to use it in drip irrigation or foliar spraying method, filter it properly as tiny bits of grass can clog the holes of the sprayer.
- In a hydroponic system, you can drain the solution in the channels.
- Do not store the liquid fertilizer as it will start to smell bad. Use the leftover in your garden bed.
For more information on making fertilizers from scraps, do check out our article.
Diluting the Solution
Diluting the solution, so that it doesn’t harm the plants, is the key here. This must be done with a qualitative method. For this, check the color and the clarity of the solution. If it is dark, dilute it to an extent until it becomes seethrough light.
If you want to make such chemical-free fertilizers, then this article is a must-read
Some Quick Points to Remember
- Always keep the plastic bucket away from the sun, as its rays may result in photodegradation and cracking. The heat also promotes the growth of algae and bacteria in the fertilizer.
- Do not store the solution and use it within three days as it will start to stink after it.
- You can apply the fertilizer to the leaves, fruits, and stems like a foliar spray.
- The nutrients and organic compounds in this DIY fertilizer, along with the microbes, make the soil more fertile.
- Do not overuse it. Maintain an interval of 3-4 weeks before reapplying it again. Adjust the strength and frequency according to the results you see in the plants.
Do watch the video for a detailed guide on Liquid Grass Clipping Fertilizer
Benefits of Using Liquid Grass Clipping Tea Fertilizer
Using it once in 4-6 weeks is the best way to give your plants an organic boost in growth. it helps in making the foliage bushier and greener while helping the flowering plants to blossom better.
First part of article says let set for 1-2 weeks
Last part of article says use within 3-4 days as it will stink
I am confused
It means after the 1 to 2 weeks it will be ready to use but if you don’t use it within the 3 to 4 days after it’s ready it will start to smell
Let the water and grass sit for a week (if it starts bubbling like it’s alive, or it starts to smell strong it’s time to use it)
You can filter/screen it and save the water, but it will keep getting stinkier with time.
Use within 1-2 weeks. it will stink regardless because its decomposing, just apply to your garden then make another fresh batch of the stinky fertilizer, as the article prescribed Maintain an interval of 3-4 weeks before reapplying it again.